Action Plans

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The Louth Economic Forum was formed in April 2009 following the publication of the Indecon suite of reports of that year which set out detailed evidence based and comprehensive economic development strategies for Louth over the period 2009-2015.  The decision was made that the best way to implement the strategy in a co-ordinated manner was to get collaboration of the State Development Agencies and the business community in Co Louth to take an active part in the ownership of the strategies through the forum.

The Louth Economic Forum has devised an overall 10 point plan identifying 10 specific areas to be addressed within its work programme and task groups have been formed for each of these areas.


Mr Martin Cronin, Independent Chairperson of the Louth Economic Forum, is a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering and of Engineers Ireland, Martin was chief executive of Forfás, the state body responsible for supporting and promoting national competitiveness, from 2002 to 2009. Prior to his appointment at Forfás, Martin was director of operations at IDA Ireland for eight years. Martin is Chairman of InterTradeIreland, Chairman of the Louth Economic Forum, Chairman of the Steering Group of the Connacht Ulster Alliance (IT Sligo, GMIT and LYIT) a board member at Appian Asset Management and a member of the Oversight Board of the Financial Mathematics Computation Strategic Research Cluster.Martin Cronin small

 The Established Task Groups Are:


                                        1Foreign Direct Investment Updated Plan Sept ‘15

                                  2.   Sustainable Energy

                                3.   Indigenous Industry

                             4.  Tourism & Heritage

                         5.  Age Friendly

                      6.  Education & Training

                   7.  Agriculture, Food & Fisheries

                8.  Broadband

            9.  Making Louth The Best County To Do Business

        10.  Drogheda, Dundalk, Newry Corridor