Easter Celebrations

Memorial at Knockbridge

Memorial at Knockbridge

Easter is a time for republicans everywhere to come together and remember the sacrifice of those in 1916 and to honour all our patriot dead. Louth celebrations will be as follows:

Saturday 4th April 2015

12:00 Watters Brothers Commemoration. Assemble at bridge beside Windmill Bar in   Dundalk. Speakers – Damien Johnston & JJ Quigley

2:00 Wreath laying at Knockbridge to honour 4th Northern Division IRA, veterans and Fianna Eireann. Speaker – Tomás Sharkey

 

Sunday 5th April 2015

12:00 Easter Commemoration in Drogheda. Assemble West Street. Speaker – Imelda Munster

2:30 Easter Commemoration in Dundalk. Assemble at the Square. Speaker – Imelda Munster

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of 1916. Let’s make this year a dry run for next year and bring your family and friends along and honour the memory of those who have gone before us.

 

Government Inaction Has Failed Dunnes Stores Workers

Imelda & GerrySinn Féin Louth County Councillor Imelda Munster said today that the Government’s failure to legislate to protect the rights of those in precarious and low paid employment has set the scene for the upcoming strike on Holy Thursday by Dunnes Stores workers.

Councillor Munster, who is also a candidate in the upcoming General Election said:

“Sinn Féin is standing in solidarity with the Dunnes workers here in Louth and indeed across the country, who have found themselves left with no choice but to engage in strike action this Thursday (2nd April) as a result of the actions of their very profitable employer.

“Dunnes Stores workers are being treated unfairly and I applaud their bravery and courage in standing their ground amid reports of intimidation and harassment of those planning to stand at the picket lines.

“This campaign is about fair terms and conditions, it is about decent pay, decent work and the right of the workers to have their trade union representation recognised and respected”.

Councillor Munster then called on “the political representatives of all parties and the public in general to show their solidarity and support for the Dunnes stores workers in any way they can. Let’s send a clear message to the management of Dunnes Stores and let them know that it is not acceptable to treat staff in this manner and it will not be tolerated.

“There can be no doubt that the 129,000 low paid workers across this state have been badly let down by this Government. Despite the clear commitment by the Labour Party after a complaint was taken to the International Labour Organisation in 2011, we are still awaiting the legislation to give effect to the right of workers to collective bargaining and bring Ireland into line with its international obligations in this area.

“Similarly, despite the fact that a Mandate report on low paid and precarious work was presented to Oireachtas members two years ago, the Government has failed to take action to adequately protect vulnerable workers in this category.

“It is time for the Government to wake up and realise that we cannot build an economy on low pay and reduced terms and conditions for workers. It is ordinary workers like those in Dunnes Stores that are the foundations of our economy and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect by their employer and Government alike.”

Kenneth Flood Makes Submission For Availability Of Epipens

SF Kenneth Flood SpeakingSinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood who has been very active in raising awareness about Epipens and Anaphylaxis in a bid to increase the availability of Epipens, has outlined what exactly he would like to see happening.

Councillor Flood, supported by Caroline Sloan, whose 14 year old daughter Emma died after being denied an Epipen, has made a submission to Minister Leo Varadkar as part of a consultation process, promised after the collecting of over 115,000 signatures.

The Campaign ‘Emma’s Voice’, headed by Caroline Sloan moved the Minister to commit to big changes in the next six months which includes educating and providing more information on EpiPens and making them more freely available with people trained in how to use them. The Minister also spoke about grouping this training with training on other injectables such as diabetes medications etc.

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction. It may start suddenly within seconds or minutes, or take a few hours to develop following contact with an allergen which is a substance that is capable of producing an allergic reaction. A severe anaphylactic reaction is sometimes known as anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis can cause the blood pressure to drop quickly, resulting in fainting or even sustained loss of consciousness. It can also cause severe breathing difficulties.

Speaking today, Councillor Flood said “we are not looking for anything revolutionary here, just basic common sense and safety for anyone who suffers from allergies. Gerry Adams TD and Matt Carthy MEP are both working hard on this issue also so we expect to see changes for the better and hopefully not have to see another child die because of the absence of a simple Epipen.”

The submission made by Cllr Flood made the following recommendations:

1) The Food Safety Authority add allergy information to all training courses and include training on the use of (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors in all courses.

2) How to recognize and treat Anaphylaxis attacks and The use of (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors be included in all Occupational First Aid FETAC/QQI level 5 certification and above courses.

3) Introduce legislation, that allows (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors to be stored in schools and other public places in the event of an emergency. Making them mandatory in restaurants and other places where the public consume food or congregate in large numbers. Similar to defibrillators.

4) To run a rolling public awareness campaign, including internet, tv and print adverts to highlight all aspects of recognizing and treating Anaphylaxis.

5) On diagnosis of Anaphylaxis have all allergy sufferers supplied with allergy unique ID cards/Bracelets.

6) To develop a phone app that can help you keep track of which allergens you and your family need to avoid, where (epinephrine) Auto Injectors are located and when they expire, emergency contact information, etc.

7) To ensure allergy testing is available in every primary care unit in Ireland.

Epipens

                 Epipens

Cllr Cassidy Calls For Care On Short Cut

Alan CassidySinn Féin Councillor Alan Cassidy has called for urgent action to be taken at Priest Lane and Congress Avenue to curb speeding cars using the road as a shortcut.

Cllr Cassidy said today “Motorists are using Priest Lane to avoid the traffic lights on Plattin Road. We can see how narrow it is especially when residents are parked outside their properties, which they are fully entitled to do”.

Cllr Cassidy continued “from around half past four until seven o’clock in the evening, there are cars driving too fast through the area. They don’t seem to realise or care that this is a small residential street. It is difficult for pedestrians to use the narrow footpaths or to try and cross the street”.

The Tullyallen Councillor intends to “table a motion at the next Municipal Council meeting in Drogheda asking them to look at all the options and any traffic measures that could be put in place to alleviate this problem”.

'Narrow' Priest Lane

‘Narrow’ Priest Lane

Kenneth Flood New Chair Of Local Policing Forum

Kenneth FloodSinn Féin’s Kenneth Flood has been nominated as Chairperson of the Local Policing Forum after a vote at this month’s meeting of Drogheda Borough Council.

Proposed by his fellow Councillor Imelda Munster and seconded by Alan Cassidy, a vote was taken and Flood was elected to this position.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Flood said “I am honoured to be elected as Chair of the Local Policing Forum. Community safety is high on our list of priorities and also with the the citizens’ of Drogheda and south Louth. There seems to be a perception that there is a disconnect between the community and the Gardaí, I intend to resolve that and get the community more involved and to have a greater say in what is happening in their areas. They are the people who know their area best. We also need to look at where and how resources are being used, and how they can be used for the betterment of the community as a whole.”

Kenneth joins fellow Sinn Féin Councillor Jim Loughran who was also appointed at last night’s Dundalk meeting of the Municipal Council.