Cllr Antóin Watters: A Despicable Act by Despicable People

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has described a second incident of tyre dumping at Edentubber as a ‘despicable act carried out by despicable people’.

Cllr Watters who visited the site on Sunday said “tyre dumping is threatening to spiral out of control.”

Following on from the dumping of tyres over the Christmas period in Edentubber there has now been another spate of dumping over the weekend.

Cllr Watters said “I visited the site again on Sunday and there has been another load of tyres dumped. Last week at the Dundalk Municipal District meeting I raised the issue of the tyre dumping and requested extra boulders to be placed to stop the perpetrators been able to access the site so easily. This needs to be done as a matter of urgency now.”

“This situation needs to be addressed immediately with a cross community and agency approach to tackle this. In the meantime I would appeal for the community to be vigilant and report anything they see that is suspicious.”

Kenneth Flood: Patch-jobs are a false economy

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood is ‘dismayed and angry’ that roads that have been resurfaced twice in the past four years are once again deteriorating and in need of repair.

Councillor Flood said” It’s almost like Groundhog Day on Drogheda’s damaged roads. I find it incredible that once again I am raising state of the road at Greenhills as an example. I had to lobby for that particular road to be repaired after shoddy work in the past as well as in other areas in the district and here we go again.  Are we going to be re-repairing roads throughout the town that have already been repaired in recent years?”

The recent news that roads maintenance budget had been cut by 30% by the government’s Transport Infrastructure Ireland will mean 18% less works done this year in Louth.

Cllr Flood said “This does not bode well for having our roads up to an acceptable standard before The Fleadh in August. Minister Ross and the head of Transport Infrastructure Ireland should come to Louth so we can show him the state of our roads and make the case for our funding to be kept at previous levels. After all, the government are constantly telling us that the economy has recovered but here we are with less money for our roads than before and we’re going to be spending that, in part, re-doing roads done in recent years.

“This is not an acceptable situation, especially as Minister Ross was given additional funding for his department in the recent budget. I and the rest of the Sinn Féin Team will be making this point loud and clear until our roads are properly maintained.  Having to re-do works like these over and over again is a false economy and ‘patch-jobs’ cost a lot more in the long run.”

Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú – Avenue Road Community is in shock after incident

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú visited the scene on the Avenue Road in Dundalk today following reports of a stabbing incident.

The incident occurred around 9am where one man has died and two others were injured.

Cllr Ó Murchú said “I have spoken to Gardaí and one man has been confirmed dead. The community is in shock and they are appalled to hear what has happened. I want to also commend the actions of the Gardaí as they were summoned to the scene they were able to disarm the attacker and have subsequently arrested him.”

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died and we wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.”

 

Cllr Anne Campbell: Ard Dealgan Nightmare Coming to an End

It seems the Ard Dealgan nightmare is coming to end says Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Campbell. Following a request for an update at the monthly Council meeting, Cllr Campbell welcomed the news that “contractors are already on site at Ard Dealgan and work is beginning to bring the complex up to a standard where it will provide much-needed accommodation for 68 families.”

Cllr Campbell also explained “the expected time-frame is between 12-14 months. I understand the work will be done on a phased basis and it’s conceivable that people from the housing list could be in their new homes for Christmas next year.”

Ard Dealgan has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour since it was built and subsequently abandoned due to health and safety concerns in 2009. Nearby residents have been under siege as anti-social elements were attracted to the complex and have witnessed fire crews dealing with numerous fires at the Quay Street complex.

Cllr Campbell said “Ard Dealgan has been a nightmare for residents in the surrounding area. Sinn Féin have been lobbying on this issue for years as we have seen the complex abandoned, sold on to anonymous, faceless consortiums by NAMA and now eventually after all that, we can see light at the end of the tunnel.”

Councillor Anne Campbell said she would continue to monitor the progress and has called on the Project to ensure there is adequate security on site for the duration of these works. “We want everything to go according to plan. No more obstacles or hold ups.”

Cllr David Saurin: Louth County Council Putting Tenants in Arrears

Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has criticised Louth County Council for the delays in the processing of rent reviews and accused them of being responsible for putting some tenants into arrears.

Cllr Saurin said “I have been contacted by tenants of Louth County Council who through no fault of their own have been issued with large bills for rent arrears, in some cases running into thousands of euro. This is due to the fact that it can take up to twenty weeks from when a tenant submits a form for rent review to the case being processed. If that review then shows there should be an increase in their rent, it is being backdated 20 weeks and the tenant is handed a huge bill.”

“This delay means that Louth County Council is effectively responsible for putting their own tenants in arrears.”

Cllr David Saurin raised the issue at the last Drogheda Borough Council meeting and was reassured that this delay in processing submissions should be resolved in the first few months of the new year. However. “That is of little comfort to people who have received demands for rent arrears through the Council’s  own system failure, these notices of arrears have caused distress and anxiety to people who have done nothing wrong, in fact who have tried to do the right thing.”

Cllr Saurin said “I asked at the Drogheda Borough meeting that the Council act to reassure those who they’ve caused to go into arrears that their cases will be dealt with favourably and with a large degree of understanding when it comes to resolving the issue of their arrears. Also to reassure people that it will not impact negatively on their rights or requirements as tenants.”