Sinn Fein Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision of the Garda Commissioner to deploy 25 additional Gardaí to county Louth and the establishment of an intelligence unit for the area.
Teachta Adams said:
“Following the brutal murder of Garda Tony Golden I expressed my concern at the decline in Garda numbers in recent years in the Louth region.
“I have specifically called for more Garda resources, greater co-operation across the border and a holistic and strategic plan for tackling organised criminal gangs exploiting the border. This must include challenging perplexing decisions by the DPP not to prosecute some individuals when there is sufficient evidence.
“The decision by the Commissioner is an important and positive step although it doesn’t reverse the loss of 37 Garda positions in recent years. But much more needs to be done.
“Public support and co-operation with An Garda Siocháná is essential but so too are the necessary funding, personnel and legal resources”.
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has praised the tenacity of Caroline Sloan whose daughter Emma died two years ago from an allergic reaction. “As a result of her campaign the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar today announced a change in the law to allow for members of the public to administer life-saving rescue medicines in emergency situations. I welcome the Ministers decision”.
However the Louth TD has raised concerns at the current shortage of the adult preparations for the three brands of medication for epipens that are in use in this state.
Gerry Adams said: “The Minister’s response does not explain why there is a shortage of injectors. This problem does not exist in other states where epipens are available. This is a matter I intend taking up with again with the Minister and the HPRA.”
The Louth TD said:
“The new laws signed by the Minister will allow for the wider use of adrenaline epipens to treat people suffering severe allergic reactions and other conditions.
Sinn Féin has been consistently raising this issue, including in local councils. I have met Caroline Sloan the mother of 14 year old Emma Sloan, who died just before Christmas 2013 in O Connell Street after suffering an allergic reaction. Caroline’s campaign to ease the regulations around the availability of epipens attracted considerable public and media attention and the Ministers decision is in no small part a result of Caroline’s diligence. I want to commend her for her work.”
Cllr Kenneth Flood & Caroline Sloan
Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan has welcomed an extension to the submission process to review speed limits in housing estates. Speaking today Cllr Corrigan said “I would encourage all community groups and resident’s associations to make a submission to the Council and have their say. It’s your area, you are entitled to have a say on this.”
A number of submissions are currently under consideration but there is still time for Local Groups to have their estates considered.
“This is an opportunity for residents to have their estates included in the new 30km/hr zones so as to make residential areas as safe as possible for pedestrians, cyclists and children”.
Submissions may be made in writing to Eugene McManus, Administrative Office, Infrastructure, Louth County Council, Town Hall, Dundalk before 5pm on Friday 30th October.
Sinn Féin Councillor, Jim Loughran , who represents the Dundlak Carlingford area and is chair of the Dundalk Joint Policing Forum has offered his deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives in a fatal shooting in Omeath last night. He also wishes a speedy recovery to the young lady who was injured in the incident also.
Cllr Loughran says
“The whole community of Omeath are devastated by the death of a young Garda who was going about his duty offering assistance to a member of the public. I had the privilege of knowing Garda Golden and he was very well liked and respected in the area. I also offer my sympathy and support to his colleagues in An Garda Siochana at this time.”
Sinn Féin Louth County Councillor Alan Cassidy is calling on the people of Drogheda and Tullyallen to work with the council and Gardaí in advance of Halloween. While it is generally a time of excitement and family fun for many it can be an onslaught of illegal fireworks, increased anti social behaviour and destruction of community green spaces .
Cllr Cassidy will be liaising with local authorities and Gardaí seeking advice on how Drogheda and its town lands can prepare for a safe and family friendly Halloween.
Alan Cassidy said, “In previous years both Louth County Council, and the Gardaí have had to deal with out of control bonfires and the ongoing collection of tyres and pallets in advance of Halloween. I have contacted both the Council and Garda Supt Smith to take necessary measures in early intervention. In previous years both Gardaí and Louth County Council have worked well together in tackling these matters and I am sure this year will be the same.”
Cllr Cassidy is also mindful that often it can be a frightening time of year. He stated,
“For many residents the run-in to Halloween can be stressful with illegal bangers going off for weeks and a big increase in anti-social activity in their estate. Previous years have seen householders suffer greatly on Halloween night itself and then face intensive clean-ups after the lighting of illegal bonfires on open green space areas. LCC have to spend large sums of their overstretched budget on cleaning up the aftermath of Halloween night bonfires and fireworks. Our under pressure Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service have to answer additional emergency calls on Halloween night. This needs to stop.”
Cllr Cassidy has contacted Louth Council and the Gardaí to act to address these issues before the Halloween mayhem begins.
Alan Cassidy said, “Halloween here in Louth and neighbouring Meath have many exciting events taking place including a ‘Walking tour meeting some of the “ghosts” of Drogheda’s past’, Kennedys pumpkin patch, not to mention traditional trick or treating . Plenty of Adult craic to be had as well with the well known gigs and fancy dress parties. We need to work together to make Halloween a safer celebration for all.”