Gerry Adams welcomes LMFM apology

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the retraction this morning by LMFM of comments that were carried by the broadcaster in February this year.

In the course of interviews broadcast on the Michael Reade Show on 14
th
and 15 February “false and defamatory” comments were made about Teachta Adams.

LMFM this morning said that it “unreservedly retracts these false statements which we acknowledge should not have been broadcast in the first place” and it apologised to Mr. Adams.

Commenting on this morning’s developments Gerry Adams said:

“I welcome LMFM’s apology and its unreserved retraction of ‘false and defamatory’ comments that were made on the Michael Reade Show in February concerning the murder of Tom Oliver.

“I want to thank my solicitor Paul Tweed for his efforts in this case.”

 
Apology by LMFM:
 
On 14th and 15th February 2019, during interviews broadcast on The Michael Reade Show, a number of false and defamatory comments were made regarding Gerry Adams TD concerning the murder of Tom Oliver. We unreservedly retract these false statements, which we acknowledge should not have been broadcast in the first place. We apologise unreservedly to Mr Adams.

HSE should negotiate with PNA – Adams

500 Ambulance staff belonging to the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), including members covering Louth, held a protest outside Leinster House on Thursday July 4th.

The protest was to draw attention to their 24 strike which will be held on Friday 19 July.

Speaking in the Dáil today Teachta Gerry Adams called on the government to urge the HSE to recognise the PNA and to negotiate with the Union. Mr. Adams then joined the protestors in Kildare Street.

Teachta Adams said:

“I was pleased to join PNA staff today at their picket outside Leinster House. Under Article 40 of the Constitution citizens have the right to join a union of their choice. However, the HSE is refusing to negotiate with the Psychiatric Nurses Association. This is unacceptable.

PNA ambulance staff from across the state, including Louth, will be participating in another one-day strike on Friday July 19th. These include paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

In the last seven months PNA staff have gone on strike seven times in pursuit of their demand for union recognition. This union is ten years old and its members reject any effort by the HSE to force them to join another union.

The government has a responsibility to defend the right of citizens to join a union and to have that union recognised in negotiations.

The Minister for Health should also instruct the HSE to respond positively to the invitations it has received from the Workplace Relations Commission to attend talks to solve this dispute.”

Photo is Gerry Adams TD with Peter Hughes General Secretary of PNA outside Leinster House

Cllr Joanna Byrne Wants Rough Sleeper Count Done!

Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne has queried why the ‘Rough Sleeper Count’ in Drogheda has been removed from the Housing Progress section of the council agenda. Although no count took place last November as scheduled, it has always remained a standing item on the agenda with Cllr Byrne consistently pushing for progress to be made on it.

Cllr Byrne questioned Senior Executive Officer for Housing about the removal at Monday’s municipal meeting of Drogheda saying “I have raised the issue of the Rough Sleeper Count twice a month at both municipal level and full Council level since August. I began with the pre-planning for November’s annual count where I was seeking Multi-agency input and greater liaising with NGO’s on the ground. When it didn’t take place I kept the pressure on every month and now almost a year later, I am still raising it and it has now disappeared off the agenda.

“We need to make provisions to deal with the homeless issue so we need to have an accurate reflection of the extent of it. To see this item removed from the agenda suggests to me there are no plans for the count to take place. I want it put back on the agenda and for this to be made a priority for the council.”

Cllr Byrne was informed that the item was removed as there was no update on it and it would be returned to next month’s agenda. Cllr Byrne was also informed that the Count will in fact take place in a matter of weeks in conjunction with the HSE. Cllr Byrne said that she felt this surely constituted ‘an update’ and repeated that the item should not have been removed from the agenda. She promised to pursue this matter until the count had taken place.

Adams calls for Irish government strategy to oppose EU-Mercusor trade agreement

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has warned that farmers in Louth face a “significant new threat to their livelihoods as a result of the new EU-Mercusor Trade Agreement”.

Gerry Adams described the international agreement between the EU and the four South American nations of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay as a bad agreement for Louth, a bad deal for the island of Ireland and a bad deal for our farming sector”.

Teachta Adams said:

“The EU-Mercusor Trade Agreement will seriously damage an already struggling Irish beef industry and our rural communities. The farming and agri-food sectors, which already face enormous difficulties as a result of Brexit, will be put under even greater threat as a result of a deal which opens the EU up to cheap beef imports from south America.

Imports of beef from the Mercusor states will rise to almost 370,000 tonnes. Moreover, at a time when the EU and its member states have prioritised climate change this deal will encourage states with a poor record of protecting their environments and a record of deforestation. Farming organisaitons have already expressed their concern that these states do not have the same standards of traceability, animal welfare, or food safety.

The government must vote against this deal when it comes before the EU Trade Council. But crucially, because the Irish government has no veto, and to pass the deal needs just 55% in a qualified majority vote, the government must urgently seek allies in an effort to block this treaty from coming into effect.”

Note:

Under Trade Council rules the Treaty requires aQualified Majority Vote. This means that 55% of member states representing at least 65% of the EU population have to vote for the EU-Mercusor Treaty for it to pass. A minority blocking an agreement from going through must include at least four council members representing over 35% of the EU population.

Cllr Cunningham Seeks Solar Powered Bins for Blue Flag Beaches

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the passing of his council motion seeking the installation of solar powered bins at Clogherhead Beach, Seapoint Beach and Port Oriel Harbour.

The motion was passed at Drogheda’s borough meeting this month and received unanimous support.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Cunningham explained that “this would reduce the need to empty the bins so often as the energy from the sun would compress the rubbish within and they would not overflow.”

Cllr Cunningham described the current bin at Clogherhead as a ‘joke’ and said “a couple of cans and it’s full and overflowing and the crows are pulling the rubbish from it looking for food.”

The bins at the blue flag beaches are an issue every year for Cllr Cunningham who is consistently battling to provide extra bins and to get them emptied on a more regular basis during the summer months. “This would solve the problem as these solar bins would not require emptying as often and because of compacting, they hold up to 10 more times the rubbish.”

To address the issue of cost, Cllr Cunningham has sourced the funding of these bins through the ‘Blue Flag’ funding. “The bins at these locations wouldn’t cost the Council anything.”

  • Advantages of Solar Powered Bins
  • The solar powered bins compacts the waste within it and can hold 10 more rubbish.
  • The bins have cloud based software that provides information to the Council/Local Authority when it is full and requires emptying.
  • The bins are climate friendly as well as being more cost effective
  • They are designed to keep seagulls and rodents out through flaps
  • They have pedals so people don’t have to use their hands to open/close them
  • They will lead to cleaner beaches, less overflowing bins and cleaner surrounding areas