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.

Saurin Welcomes Gritting of Tullyallen Village

Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has welcomed Louth County Council’s decision to include the main road through the village of Tullyallen in its 2018-2019 Winter Gritting programme.

Cllr Saurin said “I raised the issue of gritting the road through Tullyallen Village with Council officials last year and although I was told that the finances were not available in the budget to carry out the work at that time, I did receive a commitment that the issue would be reviewed for this year’s Gritting Programme.”

At the last Drogheda Borough Council meeting Cllr Saurin brought forward a motion calling on the Council, in the interest of road safety, to include the village in the Road Gritting Programme.

Cllr Saurin said “In fairness to the officials and to give credit where it’s due, the Council have listened to the safety concerns and acted accordingly. The residents of Tullyallen Village and its hinterland will be greatly relieved to hear that this road will be gritted during times of hard frost and other severe weather conditions. The main road through the village is particularly dangerous in icy conditions and as it passes the local national school is very busy in the early morning with children walking to school and cars dropping children off at the gates. The potential for a serious accident involving a vehicle losing control in dangerous driving conditions will hopefully be much reduced by this decision.”

Saurin: Mount St Oliver Yellow Lines Should Be Extended

Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin is calling on Louth County Council to extend the double yellow lines running along the road from Barrack Street around Millmount to Mount St. Oliver.

Cllr Saurin said “I have recently been contacted by residents in Mount St. Oliver expressing concern about parking along the road at the blind corner just where the road skirts the walls of Millmount from Barrack Street leading into Mount St. Oliver.”

According to Cllr Saurin who visited the street to see for himself “The double yellow lines stop just on this blind bend causing cars approaching from Barrack Street to move into the middle of the road when there are cars parked. The cars are parked legally as the yellow lines have stopped. However, this creates a dangerous scenario with the potential for a head on collision if traffic is coming in the opposite direction. Residents have informed me that there have been several near misses in recent times.”

Cllr Saurin has raised the issue with Council Officials at the recent Drogheda Borough Council meeting and has asked that “in the interests of safety, that the double yellow lines be extended by several metres to clear this blind bend completely and help reduce the danger for motorists and the potential for any traffic accidents.”

Flood Puts Graffiti Back On Council Agenda

Following a campaign of persistence, Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has got Graffiti in Drogheda firmly back on the local Council’s Agenda.

Cllr Flood said “Since July 2016 I have been calling for a new protocol to deal with Graffiti in Drogheda. A survey of all of the graffiti in the area was subsequently compiled in September 2016 and a number of
actions taken.”

A year later “in July 2017, we received our first report which detailed the removal of a large amount of the graffiti throughout Drogheda which was very welcome. This pro-active approach was a visible example of how we can improve our streetscape with the correct protocol and focus. But it was clear that we needed to remain focused.”

No further updates or reports were available despite numerous requests from Cllr Flood who noticed an increase in Graffiti once more. “For several months I requested that Graffiti Protocol be followed and that
we should receive a report.”

“Finally, I can report that the Graffiti Protocol is back on our agenda and Drogheda will be surveyed in throughout December and an updated database will be compiled. There will be a focus on tackling graffiti in Drogheda like never before and I look forward, with the public’s help, to getting this problem under control, once and for all. We must not allow this to fall by the wayside again. This is an on-going problem that we must keep on top of. The protocols in place do work as we have seen in the past but they will only work if they are followed and we do not lose focus. People in Drogheda deserve a cleaner town.”

Community needs to stand together – Munster

Deputy Imelda Munster has again met with Chief Superintendent Christopher Mangan as a follow up to discuss progress to date in dealing with the feud related criminal behaviour and intimidation in Drogheda.

Deputy Munster said:

“Whilst welcoming the addition of 18 new recruits which has greatly boosted Garda presence on the streets of the town as well as the increased patrols and checkpoints on a daily basis, we discussed the overall requirement for ongoing and permanent visibility to ensure that the community continues to feel safe.

“There is also an urgent need for investment in CCTV throughout the town which needs a total upgrade.

“We discussed the significant progress made in recent weeks by An Garda Síochána in dealing with this issue, and the need for this to continue long term. There is an urgent need for increased Garda resources so that this lawlessness can be stamped out for good. The people of this town shouldn’t have to live in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has also written to Chief Superintendent Mangan requesting that two additional public JPC meetings be held in Drogheda in locations close to the communities most affected. In addition to this Louth County Council and the Gardaí need to liaise closely in these matters.

If we all stand together as a community we can rid our town of this feud related violence, criminal and anti-social behaviour.