Uisce Éireann confirms no pollution of Dundalk water – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has revealed that a letter from Uisce Éireann has confirmed that “daily testing has not identified any risk to the public water supplies to Dundalk.”

Teachta Adams said:

“A recent Sunday Independent story sparked unfounded fears in the south Armagh and north Louth areas of serious pollution from a fuel laundering plant.

Residents of the Dundalk area will be reassured by the confirmation from Uisce Éireann that there is no risk to their drinking water.

The behaviour of some politicians, who deliberately heightened fears and ran scare stories of water having been poisoned, and who for purely electoral purposes sought to blame republicans and Sinn Féin, now stands exposed as irresponsible.

Of course, none of this takes away from the fact that there are criminal elements who are exploiting the differential between agricultural and non-agricultural diesel to make money and are prepared to recklessly pollute our environment through the dumping of diesel sludge.

Every effort must be made to ensure that they are arrested and are brought before the courts.

I have submitted a detailed range of questions to the Minister for the Environment on this issue and have specifically asked if the government is planning to introduce legislation to end the differential in diesel thus removing the ability of the criminal gangs to make money.”

The Louth TD added:

“I welcome Uisce Éireann’s diligence in deciding to carry out additional tests and to introduce other measures to protect our water system.

However none of this can detract from the fact that baseless claims were made in the media about the water system being poisoned and the genuine fears of citizens were cynically exploited by some politicians whose only interest was in attacking Sinn Féin.”

Letter From Irish Water

Letter From Irish Water

 

Corrigan Welcomes Annual National Sinn Fein Republican Youth Congress to North Louth

Cllr Edel CorriganThis Sunday 1st February will see hundreds Sinn Féin members from all over Ireland come to the Carrickdale Hotel for 2015 Sinn Fein Republican Youth National Congress.

Speaking today in Dundalk, Cllr Edel Corrigan said “the unfortunate reality is that young people have been hit hard over the past number of years. The last five years have seen 165,300 young people emigrate and there are more than 10,000 less young people in work now compared with when this government took office.

“A wide range of important topics are set to be discussed at the event such as the Peace Process, Health and Education, Economy and Workers’ Rights, Youth and Social Affairs, LGBT and Culture. This is a wonderful forum for young people to have their say on issues and party policies that are important and relevant to them.”

There will be a number of speakers in attendance including MEP Matt Carthy and international speakers from Catalans, Basque Country and Palestine.

Corrigan concluded by saying “We have had a number of successful Sinn Féin youth events in Louth over the past number of years but this is set to be the largest gathering so far. It is clear that many younger people have a great interest and involvement in politics.

“I would like to wish all those involved every success and extend to them a warm welcome to Louth.”

Anyone wishing to become involved in local Sinn Fein Republican Youth are welcome to contact local Sinn Féin offices, website or facebook pages.

Adams dismay as Kenny again rejects European Debt Conference

lg_adams_copy3Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has expressed dismay at Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s rejection, again today, of the proposal for a European Debt conference.

In the Dáil this morning, Mr Adams pointed out that the Tánaiste, Joan Burton, has supported the debt conference initiative. He said ordinary citizens could not understand Mr Kenny’s refusal to pursue options that could make the State’s debt burden sustainable and fair.

Addressing the Taoiseach in the Dáil this morning, Gerry Adams said:

“The Government’s narrative is all about the next election. Government-speak is all about how the sacrifices of our people are now being rewarded; that the recovery is underway; that it is fragile; that not everyone is feeling the benefits yet; but leave it to our two heroes, Enda and Joan, and it will be alright on the night.

“Of course, the other narrative is that a third of our children are living in consistent poverty. Inequality is rife. Half a million taxpayers have been forced to emigrate.

“That public money that should be used to tackle the crisis in our hospitals, to rebuild our public services, to house our citizens, to stimulate the economy and to create jobs has been used instead to repay private bank debt.

“This unsustainable debt burden which has been forced upon our people is the single biggest cause of our economic misery. This is not just an Irish problem. This is a European problem. It needs a European solution.

“There is nothing whatsoever to lose if the Taoiseach endorses a European Debt Conference. It makes sense. There can only be gains. I understand the Tánaiste still believes it has merit. But Mr Kenny has again today rejected it.

 “Irish citizens should not have to suffer deprivations, inequality, poverty and the denial of their rights to pay private banking debt. This is not the Irish people’s debt. The Taoiseach, in Davos, tried to explain it away by claiming “Paddy went mad”.

“But the financial and economic crisis in this State was caused by a small, unrepresentative, wealthy elite. €62 billion in bank loans were in the hands of just 190 borrowers. 50% of the Irish loan book of Anglo Irish bank was held by just 20 individuals.
“The Government repeatedly rejected Sinn Fein’s consistent call for ‘burden sharing’. This is now EU policy. The Government has had the option, since December, to formally apply for retrospective re-capitalisation of AIB and Bank of Ireland. But they have not done this.

“Ordinary citizens cannot understand the Taoiseach’s refusal to pursue options that could make our debt sustainable and fair.”

Adams slams Taoiseach over railroading of terms of Guerin inquiry

Gerry A walks out DailSpeaking from outside the Dáil alongside other opposition leaders today, Sinn Féin leader and TD for Louth Gerry Adams slammed the Taoiseach for railroading through the Dáil without debate, the terms of reference for the inquiry based upon the Guerin report into Garda malpractice.

This came after Adams had called upon the opposition to withdraw from Dáil proceedings due to government intransigence.

Deputy Adams said:

“It is immensely serious that the Oireachtas has not been able to debate the terms of reference for this inquiry.

“In raising the question of why the Taoiseach cancelled the debate, I gave him ample opportunity to push it back to a later time.

“My initial question asked if the Taoiseach received any correspondence from former Minister Shatter on the matter.  He failed to answer but when I pressed him he revealed that he had letters and that letters had been received as far back as last November. That is totally and utterly unacceptable.

“The actions of the Taoiseach in the Dáil today were a complete farce and that’s why I called upon the Opposition to withdraw.

“He persisted in a bull headed way and used his majority to push this through without debate.  He needs to explain why.  He also needs to provide all Teachta Dála with all the correspondence on this case.”

Staff at Mullacrone Centre need treated fairly – Adams

Ard Fheis 8Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams met with staff of Drogheda Community Training Centre at Mullacrone on Friday 23rd January.

Following the meeting, which was also attended by local Sinn Féin councillor Eimear Ferguson, Teachta Adams said that the uncertainty around the centre’s future was intolerable for the 13 staff employed there.

Gerry Adams said,

“There are currently 13 staff at Drogheda Community Training Centre, Mullacrone who do not know what their employment situation will be post May 2015.

“Solas have indicated that the centre is to close but to date staff are unclear as to the reasons behind this arbitrary decision and what its impact will be on them.

“What is abundantly clear is that the staff at Mullacrone have been doing an exemplary job of providing training to young people from the region. 

“From March 2014 to March 2015 they are on track to process 43 major and 7 minor training awards.
 
“This is a credit to the staff and it makes Mullacrone one of the best training centres in the State for learner outcomes.

“Teachta Adams appealed to Solas and Louth Meath Education and Training Board to work with staff to ensure the best future for trainees in the region;

“The main concern for Solas and LMETB must naturally be for the provision of training for young people.  However I would urge them not to let previous corporate governance issues at Mullacrone result in the closure of an excellent centre run by dedicated and professional staff.”

The Louth TD further committed to work on behalf of those employed at Mullacrone saying;

“Some of the staff at Mullacrone have given over 20 years service to the centre.  They are being treated shamefully. Every effort must be made to ensure that they are treated fairly.”