Cllr Tom Cunningham: Termonabbey and Aston Village Flooding ‘Avoidable’

Following the heavy rain last Monday residents of Aston Village and Termonabbey found themselves driving around and through a flood when exiting their estates.

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham called the predicament ‘precarious’ and described it as having been ‘avoidable’.

Cllr Cunningham said “I notified Irish Water several weeks ago of the drains being blocked in the area stressing the urgency needed to get them cleared because of the adverse weather we have been having.

“Following the heavy rain on Monday, I contacted the Council following reports from local residents and then went to Aston Village. The road was flooded and the water was rising with nowhere to go. The drains obviously had not been cleared. Residents were

Cllr Tom Cunningham & Resident Kenneth Flood

finding it difficult accessing and exiting their estates.

“The Council staff arrived and immediately started work. I want to thank the Council workers who tended the area and for their quick response, it was an awful night to be out but the water started to clear and the road was eventually made passable.

“This was wholly avoidable if Irish Water had addressed my concerns weeks ago when it was first reported.”

 

Sinn Féin Selects Two to Contest General Election for Louth & East Meath

Former TD Arthur Morgan, Gerry Adams TD, Imelda Munster TD & Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú

 

Imelda Munster TD and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú have been selected by Sinn Féin members to contest next year’s general election on behalf of the Party.

The selection convention was held in the Grove Hotel in Dunleer and was attended by Sinn Féin members from across the constituency of Louth and East Meath, as well as Gerry Adams TD and former Louth TD Arthur Morgan.

Imelda Munster TD said:

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to stand for election on behalf of Sinn Féin again. I am proud that the people of the Louth and East Meath constituency elected me to represent them in Leinster House in 2016, and I have worked tirelessly on their behalf in that time.

“If elected next year I will continue to work hard for my constituents, standing up for the people of Louth and East Meath and holding those in power to account.

“This constituency has been left behind in many ways, for example in terms of infrastructure with the government not delivering on the Northern Cross Route for Drogheda, the Julianstown Bypass and the delay of the Ardee Bypass.

“I’ve consistently raised the issue of nursing homes double-charging residents, and I have legislation tabled to end that scandal.

“I will also continue to fight the government on the scandalous housing crisis and lack of affordable homes in Louth and across the state, hospital appointment waiting lists and other health issues, such as cancer patients having to fight to get medical cards.

“I stand up for Drogheda and East Meath in addressing the ongoing drugs gang feud and the horrific violence we’ve seen in our communities as a result of that.

“I have a reputation of never being afraid to speak up for the people I represent and if I’m fortunate enough to be re-elected I will continue this work.”

Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has been a formidable force on Louth County Council since 2017. During this time he has used his position to highlight many of the issues affecting the people of Louth.

Ruairí is currently campaigning for a Primary Care Centre and a CAMHS facility in Dundalk.

Ruairí is the Chairperson of Louth Drug and Alcohol Forum and is very active on community safety and works with the Gardaí and other agencies to tackle drug abuse.

Speaking after the convention, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú said:

“I am ambitious for Louth, I believe that different choices should be made and that’s why I want to retain two Sinn Féin TDs for this constituency. 

“I do not want to live in a country where children are forced to eat, sleep and live on the streets, where people wait years for medical procedures, where families cannot access respite and other essential supports.

“I want to live in a United Ireland with an equitable health system, where people have the right to a home, where the economy serves the people rather than the other way around.”

Edentubber Commemoration told ‘Case For United Ireland Has Never Been More Obvious And More Necessary’

Front Row: L-R Conor Murphy MLA, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, Cllr Charlie Casey & Cllr Antóin Watters
second Row: L-R Cllr Pearse McGeough, Cllr Oonagh Magennis, Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Cllr Valerie Harte and Cllr Liz Kimmons
Back Row: Patrick and Joe Parle (Nephews of Edentubber Martyr Patrick Parle)

 

Speaking at the annual Edentubber Martyrs commemoration, Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady MP told the large crowd in attendance that “the case for a United Ireland has never been more obvious and more necessary.” 

The 62nd Commemoration was chaired by Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú and was attended by well over 500 people.

Mickey Brady told the crowd that “the tide of history is with those who seek to build a united Ireland based on social justice and equality.”

In a message to Boris Johnston and the DUP, Brady sent a clear message regarding Brexit.

“During Operation Harvest in the 1950s and right up until the most recent phase of the conflict, the checkpoints, watch towers and military bases that polluted these mountain tops give evidence enough of the strategic importance of this area and of the strength of Republican resistance. 

“Those checkpoints are gone. The watchtowers and spy posts are gone. The hard border that they enforced is gone.

“And let me make this very clear, to Boris Johnston and Arlene Foster and whoever else needs to hear it.

Brexit or no Brexit, there will be no return to a hard border in Ireland.”

Brady referred to the upcoming Westminster being held next month.

“On December 12th the vote the Republican Movement gets in this election will not only be watched closely by Little Englanders in London, green Tories in Dublin and hard Brexiteers in the DUP. Be in no doubt that the eyes of the world will be on the results of these elections.

“From Brussels to Washington we must send a clear message to all the nations of the world that the Irish people have rejected Brexit, rejected Boris’ border and rejected Westminster’s influence in Irish affairs”.

Speaking about the need for real debate on a United Ireland, Mickey said,

“The case for a United Ireland has never been more obvious and more necessary. The clamour for a real debate and for real preparations for unity to begin will only get louder. Sinn Féin is calling for a representative, all-Ireland citizens’ forum to be established to begin discussions and plan for unity.

“A united Ireland makes sense; it makes sense culturally, politically, environmentally and economically.”

Omeath wastewater treatment facility vital following EPA report – Ó Murchú

Louth Sinn Féin general election candidate Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the completion of a new wastewater treatment facility in Omeath is absolutely vital.

Councillor Ó Murchú made his remarks today following the release of the ‘Urban Wastewater Treatment Report’ by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which states that 36 towns and villages across the state are releasing untreated sewage into rivers and seas.

Councillor Ó Murchú said;

“The EPA report published this morning makes for grim reading.

“There are 6 towns in County Louth listed among 120 urban areas where improvements are needed to resolve our environmental priorities.

“Blackrock, Castlebellingham, Dundalk, Dunleer, Omeath and Tallanstown are all falling short of their environmental obligations

“This demonstrates the outworking of the state’s historic failure to invest in wastewater infrastructure.

“It is not good enough and the EU Commission has already commenced infringement proceedings against this State for urban waste water treatment infringements.

“The government must address this issue immediately.

“I have written to Irish Water regarding the progress of the new wastewater treatment facility in Omeath.

Sinn Féin councillor for the Omeath area, Antóin Watters added;

“It’s completely unacceptable that in Omeath, an area of natural beauty, with a strong tourism offering, the equivalent of 800 wheelie bins of raw sewage is being discharged into Carlingford Lough every day.

“I have supported the planning application submitted in March by Irish Water to construct a new treatment plant at Omeath.

“The application achieved planning approval in July and Irish Water have indicated that this facility should be complete by 2021.

“I will continue to monitor the progress of this essential piece of infrastructure for our area.”

 

Ó Murchú welcomes investigation by Central Bank into insurance price discrimination and calls for a ban on dualPricing

Sinn Féin general election candidate Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú has welcomed the decision by the Central Bank to investigate price discrimination within the insurance industry. 

Appearing in the Dáil Finance Committee on Tuesday, Central Bank officials confirmed that a review into the impact of dual pricing would be undertaken. 
 
Cllr Ó Murchú said,
 
“Over recent months I have successfully brought two motions to Louth County Council calling on the government to address dysfunction in the Irish Insurance industry and to end dual pricing. 
 
“I have been closely monitoring my party colleague Pearse Doherty TD and I fully support his efforts to bring this industry to book. 

“Insurance providers are targeting renewing and vulnerable customers and charging them with extortionate prices in the expectation that they will not ask questions or shop around.

“This is unfair, anti-consumer, and must be stopped. It is discriminating against vulnerable customers and another example of the industry’s unfair practices in the market.

“I am pleased that the Central Bank have agreed to Pearse Doherty’s request and will undertake a review to find out the impact this harmful practice has on consumers, with recommendations for further action.

“In the United States dual pricing has been made illegal in as many as 17 states, including California and Florida. In Britain, regulators are considering banning the practice outright. Irish consumers deserve no less.

“The Consumer Protection Code 2012 makes clear that insurance companies should act honestly and fairly in the best interests of consumers. Dual pricing is practiced without the knowledge of consumers and discriminates against vulnerable groups and loyal customers.

“While the Central Bank is able to ban pricing practices that are not compliant with the principles of fairness and transparency.

“It is clear therefore that the Central Bank has the power to ban dual pricing. Irish consumers deserve no less. 
 
“Sinn Féin will continue to push for the best outcome for those who are being ripped off by insurance costs.”