Sinn Féin Meet Dundalk Garda Representatives

Jim LoughranCllr Edel Corrigan

Louth TD Gerry Adams along with Cllrs Jim Loughran and Edel Corrigan met with Superintendent Gerry Curley at Dundalk Garda Station last Friday afternoon.

Many issues were discussed including the investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, the increase in the numbers of burglaries, drug related crimes, cross border policing and community safety.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Jim Loughran said: “I am disappointed at the lack of progress in respect of the roll out of Community Text Alert Schemes, however I now hope that a better structure can be put in place to help co-ordination between An Garda Síochána and Community Safety Groups. I have asked that Quarterly meetings be held between rural community alert groups and Garda representatives similar to those that are already in place for Urban Areas.

“We discussed the increase of drug related crimes. Many addicts become involved in crime, particularly theft, in order to feed their addiction. We need more to be done to crack down on the issue of drug dealing in order to prevent further related drug crimes.”

Cllr Edel Corrigan said: “There appears to an alarming increase in burglaries throughout Dundalk and the surrounding areas. Teachta Adams has submitted a series of PQs (Parliamentary Questions) to the Minister for Justice seeking information on this and on available Garda resources in the region.

“A number of the burglaries are believed to be carried out by criminal groups that use the border corridor to their advantage. Many gangs now travel along the main motorway between Dublin and Belfast and target areas like Dundalk as they can quickly escape back onto a main road and be miles away within minutes.

“I would appeal to citizens to be vigilant and ensure their homes and vehicles are secure at all times. I would especially appeal to everyone to look out for those most vulnerable in our communities, particularly our elderly.”

Gerry Adams TD said;
“I would once again appeal to anyone with information, however small or apparently insignificant, in respect of the murder of Adrian Donohoe, to bring that forward to the Garda or the PSNI.

“No effort should be spared to bring those responsible before the courts. Anyone with information can contact the Incident Room in Dundalk Garda Station 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111, any Garda Station or the PSNI on 04890-650222 or 0845-6008000 (from the North of Ireland)

Local Break-ins Discussed – Green & Corrigan

Jennifer GreenCllr Edel Corrigan

A very productive meeting took place between the Chair and Secretaries of both Lios Dubh and Armagh Road/Lennon Meila Residents Associations last night.

Concerns from the recent break-ins in the area were brought to the attention of local Sinn Féin councillors Jennifer Green (left) and Edel Corrigan (right). A meeting was arranged between Garda Eugene Collins and Garda Paul Burke with representation from the residents’ Committees.

Councillor Jennifer Green said “it was a very informative and productive meeting and we are moving forward to set up a neighbourhood watch scheme in the area and also tie in with An Garda Síochána frequently to express any concerns or worries the residents may have.”

Adams & McGeough Visit St Joseph’s Hospital in Ardee

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams and Councillor Pearse McGeough visited St. Joseph’s Nursing Home on Thursday evening.

Speaking afterward Teachta Adams commended “the staff, residents and families for the tremendous campaign they ran in defence of St. Joseph’s. As always I was impressed by the care and kindness and consideration of the staff who provide an invaluable and compassionate service to the elderly and sick residents despite the absence of some essential supports.”

Teachta Adams said:

“After a long and hard fought campaign against closure, led by the staff and residents, a refurbishment plan is in place to bring St. Josephs up to HIQA Environmental Standards by 2015. 

It is expected that a planning application will be made in the next few months with a contractor being appointed before the end of this year. Actual construction is expected to take between 6 months and a year to complete. 

I have written to the Minister for Health asking a series of questions about the anticipated schedule for the programme of refurbishment; the costs relating to it; the expected impact on staffing levels and the numbers of residents and services provided by St. Josephs and future plans for the site.”

 Cllr Pearse McGeough


Cllr Pearse McGeough

Computers And Teens Are Our Future – Flood

 

Children and IT are our future

Children and IT are our future

Kenneth Flood would like to wish Coder Dojo all the best in its latest project, CoderDojo Drogheda on the Boyne. On 1st February, Coder Dojo will be running an event to teach teenagers about computer programming, including the possibility of writing their own games.

Kenneth Flood said “I would have loved something like this when I was a teenager. Everything we use now requires computer programming from games to ATMs. The children this course is aimed at are 13-17 years old and computers are the future no matter what line of work you are interested in.”

Kenneth who is a Sinn Féin candidate in the upcoming elections in May was enthusiastic about the whole idea of Dojo and explained how accessible it is for everyone. “The course will be held for 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon (1st Feb) at St Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda. All the organisers ask is that you be nice and honestly interested in computing. The course is free of charge and they even provide pizza.”

According to their website http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/60 it is essential that you book early.

Flood said “there is a lot of talent among the young people of Drogheda and this could be an opportunity for them to shine.” Kenneth laughed as he noticed that the one rule Coder Dojo has is to ‘be cool.’ He good-humouredly said “I suppose that is me ruled out then.”

CoderDojo have events running at different times, if you feel your child or children would be interested, please go to their web site for further details.

Sharpening skills at a young age

Sharpening skills at a young age