Cllr Cunningham Hits out at Tyre Dumping in Tullyallen

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has hit out at people who dumped a number of tyres in the picturesque village of Tullyallen last week.

Cllr Cunningham said “there were a number of tyres dumped near to the entrance of the Glen Emmett’s GFC pitch on the Boyne Road in Tullyallen. Due to the number of tyres dumped, the people responsible must have had a van or a trailer.”

“These people have shown how little regard they have for this community or the environment in which we live. It is not good enough to think you can come into Tullyallen or indeed any village and dump whatever you want and expect someone else to clean up after you and to pay for the privilege. How dare they think that is ok.”

Cllr Cunningham also praised Louth County Council workers who “cleared these tyres away in a timely way. It’s not fair to expect council workers to have to do this but I appreciate that they did. While these workers were doing this, they could have been better employed doing other council work and it is us, the taxpayers, who are footing the bill for these dirty dumpers.”

Cllr Cunningham is determined not to allow this “scourge to continue in Louth” as there has been a number of incidents in the north of the county over the past twelve months. “I am asking that anyone who was in Tullyallen last Thursday or Friday and who seen anything suspicious around the Glen Emmett’s GFC, or seen a vehicle carrying tyres pulling in to please get in touch with Louth County Council or myself. Someone may have caught something on their dashcams or may be aware of who did this. This must not be allowed to continue or escalate.”


Car Insurance Rip Off Must End – Ó Murchú

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the motor insurance industry needs to be radically overhauled to address extortionate premiums which people are being charged.
Councillor Ó Murchú also called into question the practise within the motor insurance industry of charging more to existing customers who renew their policy than to new customers for the same policy. 
Councillor Ó Murchú said;
“This practise, known as dual pricing, punishes loyal customers when they renew their insurance.  It is unfair, undermines consumer protection and must end immediately.
“I would encourage people to shop around for their car insurance.
“When I went to renew my own policy this year, I was quoted a price of €1,600 for one year.  In the previous year with the same company I paid €750.
“I switched providers and in the end paid €1,100
“Many constituents have raised this issue with me.  One man had secured insurance for him and his wife for €780.  He then tried to insure himself on a second vehicle and was quoted €1,400.
“He too shopped around and eventually secured insurance on the second vehicle for just under €1,000 
“There may be better value to be found by accessing insurance online and I encourage people to check out if this could work out cheaper for them.
“In Louth the level of public transport provision is minimal so there is no option but to drive.  It is expensive enough to run a car without being totally ripped off by insurers who only want to make a fast profit.”

Louth Rents among highest in State – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has warned that the Government’s strategy for tackling out of control rents is failing. The Q2 2019 data published by the Residential Tenancies Board and the ESRI is clear evidence that rent pressure zones are not working.

Teachta Adams said:

“The report from the RSB and the ESRI on rents provides the clearest evidence yet that the government’s rent pressure zones policy is not working and that rents in Louth continue to be among the highest in the state.

Data released by the Residential Tenancies Board shows that rents have breached the rent pressure zone cap of 4% in 22 out of 26 counties.

Very specifically Louth was one of seven counties where the “standardised average rent exceeds (or equals) €1,000 per month, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow”.

When you examine rents by Local Electoral Area (LEA) all five covering Louth have seen significant increases in the local standardised average rents when compared with the standard across the state.

Claims by the Minister that the rate of inflation in rents is slowing rings hollow when set against the fact that renters are still being hit with monthly rents well above the 4% cap.

I believe that the government now needs to accept the logic and sense of Sinn Féin’s proposal that there should be a three-year emergency rent freeze, combined with a refundable tax credit for renters that would put the equivalent of one month’s rent back in their pockets. There also needs to be a major investment in affordable cost rental in Budget 2020”. 

Cllr McGeough Welcomes Traffic Calming in Kilsaran

Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has welcomed new traffic calming measures being introduced in the village of Kilsaran.

Cllr McGeough said “Over the years there have been a number of fatal accidents on the road and I have been approached by a number of residents in the area concerned at the speed of some vehicles passing through.

“With there being a school in the area, child safety was a worry for parents so these new traffic calming measures were designed around that.

“Work will begin in the next month and we will see four or five ramps or raised platforms on the R132 which is the main road in Kilsaran. This will certainly slow vehicles down around the school and will be beneficial for the village in general.”

Adams calls for N52 funding to be ring-fenced

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today raised the funding of the N52 bypass during Questions in the Dáil. The Louth TD has also written to Minister Ross, to Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Louth County Council on this issue.

He called on the Minister for Transport to ring-fence the funding for the by-pass.

Recently a technical review of the Ardee by-pass proposal was announced. Transport Infrastructure Ireland raised the possibility that the current funding might be redirected to other projects while the review is taking place.

Speaking in the Dáil today Teachta Gerry Adams said:

“The N52 Ardee Bypass was first given the go ahead in 2006. This is an important project, vital to the economic well-being of Ardee, which is long overdue.

In the last 13 years there have been significant community, demographic, sporting and environmental changes which the plan fails to take account of. Local communities which will be seriously and adversely impacted by the realignment project have campaigned for some time for the original scheme to be modified.

The current proposal for the Townspark Road and the Mullanstown Road would result in them becoming cul-de-sacs and the Silverhill Road having a staggered ghost island junction. The Silverhill Road is essentially a narrow country lane which is inadequate for the substantially increased traffic it will now be expected to take, including school buses servicing the Tallanstown National School, Ardee Community Secondary School and the Ardee Day Care. The road is also prone to flooding.

In addition, the bog land between the Townspark Road and Silverhill Road is now a National Heritage area which seeks to protect our natural fauna, bird life and other wildlife. The current plans pre-date this development and no environmental impact assessment has been carried out.

After considerable campaigning with Louth County Council and the TII a technical review of the scheme was announced. The review is to allow the project team time to fully consider the issues, which include a National Heritage area. This is welcome.

TII also said that the funding for the Ardee Bypass may be redirected to other projects on foot of the review. This would be a grievous mistake. Ardee needs this bypass. This project has been more that thirteen years in the pipeline.

I have written to Minister Ross, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Louth County Council. I want to know how long the technical review will take? Will the review include meetings with the local community? And will the Minister give a commitment that the monies set aside for the N52 by-pass will be ring fenced until the review is completed?