FAQ's

What is the Placenames Committee?

The Louth County Council Placenames Committee has been established by Louth County Council to assist in the co-ordination and management of Placenames.

What’s in the Placenames Policy?

The objective of this Policy is to encourage the use of names for new and existing housing developments that make use of the Irish language, which reflect the history, environment, culture and topography of the region, reflect the rich cultural heritage of the County.

What does this mean to me?

If you have recently received planning permission from Louth County Council for a multi unit housing development, a condition has been inserted into your planning permission stating that the housing development shall be named and numbered by the developer in accordance with a written agreement between the developer and the Louth Placenames Committee.

I have this condition in my planning permission, what do I do next?

As early as possible before commencement you should make contact with the Planning section of Louth County Council where you will be sent a short application form seeking your proposal for naming and numbering of the scheme. Your proposals will be discussed with you and forwarded to the Placenames Committee for discussion and agreement.

Upon agreement of the name and numbering scheme, a letter of confirmation will issue to you from the Placenames office.

Do all names now have to be in Irish?

No, the objective of the policy is to encourage the use of names for new and existing housing developments that make use of the Irish language, which reflect the history, environment and topography of the region, reflect the rich cultural heritage of the County.

Does the Council now pick the names for the estates?

No, Louth County Council, through the Placenames Committee, aims to reach a consensus with developers for naming and numbering of new multi unit housing schemes.

Does this mean that all the estate names in the County will be changed?

The policy at the moment will deal in the main with new estates that are being developed.

Does the policy deal with housing estates only?

No, the Placenames Committee will also have a role in naming other public infrastructure also when requested.

Does this policy include Council estates as well?

Yes, not only housing schemes but other public infrastructure such as roads and bridges.