Cllr Flood: Vigilance Needed to Tackle Illegal Dumping Scourge

Imelda Munster Td & Cllr Kenneth Flood at Cord Road after the clean up

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has met with the Operations Department of Louth County Council to request that special attention is paid to tackling illegal dumping on the Cord Road area of Drogheda.

Cllr Flood said “Recently Cllr Joanna Byrne and I, along with community volunteers that deal with rough sleepers, walked the length of Drogheda between the hours of Midnight and 3am to carry out our own rough sleeper count. However, when we reached the Cord Road and started to check the series of steps leading to North Strand we were stopped in our tracks by the amount of illegal dumping we met. Not only was the rubbish filthy but it was also dangerous as there was a large amount of broken glass and other hazards to health scattered everywhere.”

“I raised the issue at the January Borough District of Drogheda Meeting and to ensure that the matter would be vigorously tackled, I then met with LCC’s Operations Department to highlight the specific areas where people are dumping.” Following this meeting, Cllr Flood and Imelda Munster TD followed up in the same area and according to Cllr Flood “we were happy that the waste we had reported had indeed been removed. We all need to be vigilant in order to tackle this scourge of illegal dumping.

“My message to the dumpers is, stop it now. You will be caught and fined.” The number for reporting littering to Louth County Council is Lo-call 1890 20 23 03 and anyone found littering can face fines on conviction of between €150 – €3,000.

Adams welcomes opening of Louth An Garda Síochána Protective Services Unit

TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams has said that the opening of a new unit dedicated to the investigation of domestic abuse, sexual crime, online child exploitation, prostitution and human trafficking is a very welcome step for the protection of women and children in Louth.

Gerry Adams said; “This new premises in Castlebellingham will be staffed by two sergeants and ten detectives and I commend Chief Superintendent for Louth Christopher Mangan and all those who worked on delivering this facility.

“I was delighted to meet representatives of Women’s Aid Dundalk and Drogheda, Rape Crisis North East and Ruhama at today’s launch as well as speaking with some of the Gardaí who will be working in the new Protective Services Unit.

“I understand that the Gardaí working in this unit have undergone a specialist training programme and that is welcome. However I did raise concerns at the opening with the level of training provided for all rank and file Gardaí regarding recently introduced Domestic Violence Act.

“The opening of Louth Protective Services Unit is likely to result in an increase in

presentations from people affected at other local garda stations. “For this reason I urged that private areas be provided in other stations where victims can give details of their experience in a therapeutic and private setting. “I am due to meet with Chief Superintendent Mangan later this month and I hope to discuss these matters further then.”

Parking Assessment Carried Out at North Strand

Cllr Flood & Imelda Munster TD at North Strand

The 32 parking spaces on the North Strand have been reduced to just 9 spaces by Louth County Council and according to Sinn Fein Cllr Kenneth Flood, this was done without consultation with Councillors nor consideration for residents in the area.

In November last year Cllr. Flood had a motion passed that requested the restoration of the parking spaces or that the council provide alternative parking arrangements. Cllr Flood said “The council will not move on restoring the parking spaces nor have they done anything to examine alternative parking arrangements. At the time I gave a commitment that I would personally follow up with a comprehensive survey of the area to assess the parking needs of residents. This should be have done before any decision was taken to remove any parking spaces.”

“Recently, Deputy Imelda Munster and I canvassed the North Strand to ask the residents if they were happy with the current parking arrangements.”

“The residents were all able to tell us of the inconvenience they were experiencing at not being able to park near their homes. Several had received parking fines with one resident telling us he no option but to sell his car because of continuously getting parking tickets.” Cllr Flood feels that a solution to the problem could be if parking were made available on North Strand adjacent to the Drogheda Port Company warehouses. This would provide parking while not interfering with traffic flow. “I will be raising this issue again, as I have several times previously at the Borough District of Drogheda, requesting Louth County Council and the Drogheda Port Company agree to provide spaces there. After all, it was Drogheda Port Company that requested the removal of the on street parking in the first place so they have a responsibility to help address the problem.”

Cllr Flood feels that a solution to the problem could be if parking were made available on North Strand adjacent to the Drogheda Port Company warehouses. This would provide parking while not interfering with traffic flow.

“I will be raising this issue again, as I have several times previously at the Borough District of Drogheda, requesting Louth County Council and the Drogheda Port Company agree to provide spaces there. After all, it was Drogheda Port Company that requested the removal of the on street parking in the first place so they have a responsibility to help address the problem.”

“Nurses strike direct response to bad government policy” – Adams

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has warned that “failure by the government to address glaring fialings in its healthcare policies will only make the crisis in the health service and the impact of the nurses strike even greater.” The Louth TD said: “The onus is on the government to resolve this worsening crisis within the health service.

“The announcement on Monday by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) that its 40,000 members will hold a 24 hour work stoppage on 30th January is a direct consequence of bad government policy.

“The Union has also stated that if necessary further work stoppages will occur on February 5th, 7th , 12th, 13th and 14th. “The working conditions for our nursing staff have become increasingly stressful and difficult due directly to Government’s wilful neglect of the public healthcare system, including its failure to retain existing staff and recruit new staff..

“Sinn Fein is also worried about the effect any strike will have on the provision of health cover in Louth. “Currently there are thousands of patients across this constituency who are already on long waiting lists for medical appointments, procedures and therapies at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and The Louth Hospital, Dundalk.

“Both I and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú spoke to the INMO General Secretary Phil Ni Sheagahda and north east representative David Miskell shortly before Christmas.

“They indicated to us that in the event of strike action all non-life-saving services will be withdrawn for 24 hour periods, there would be no normal ward services, all outpatient appointments and elective surgeries would be cancelled and there would be no respite services.”

Councillor Ó Murchú added; “The Minister for Health and the Minister for Public Expenditure must meet with the INMO to avoid this devastating industrial action.

“In addition the Minister for Health should immediately implement the recommendations of the recently published ‘Taskforce on Nurse Staffing’ which demonstrated, through a pilot project in Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, that patient mortality levels in the hospital decreased by 50%.”

Adams extends condolences on death of Harry Todd

Former Cllr Harry Todd who passed away

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has extended his condolences to the family of former Sinn Féin Councillor Harry Todd who died today in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Teachta Adams, who visited Harry in hospital just before Christmas, described him as a “unique and exceptional Dundalk man who proudly served as a Sinn Féin Councillor for almost seven years.”

Gerry Adams said: “Ba mhaith liom mo chomhbhrón a dhéanamh le teaglach Todd ag an uair millteanach brónach i saol bhur gclann. Harry Todd was born in Dundalk and worked in the Brewery for many years before he retired. He was co-opted onto Dundalk Town Council in December 2007 and elected to the Council in 2009.

He was a diligent local Sinn Féin Councillor who very ably represented the people of Dundalk and was active in many local campaigns, including housing and the Louth County Hospital, community safety, and traffic calming campaigns. Harry had a great sense of humour and was hugely well liked by everyone who knew him. Although seriously ill when Richard and I visited him not long before Christmas Harry was in the best of form. He spoke about his parents, Thomas and Neil, and his father’s connections with Roddy Connolly, son of James Connolly and his mothers admiration for Eamon De Valera. He reminisced about life in Dundalk as he grew up. The death of his wife Margaret was a huge blow to Harry. She was his one true love. He talked at length about his own sons and daughters and grandchildren and of his love for Dundalk and its people.

Harry was a committed republican with a deep commitment to equality, citizens rights and Irish unity. To his sons Harold, Garrett and Alan; his daughter Elaine, his daughters-in-law Leontia and Eimear, his many grandchildren and his brother Desmond and sisters Frances and Maureen and the entire Todd family circle, I want to extend my sincerest condolences on their loss. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.