Cllr Edel Corrigan: Unofficial Car Pool Parking Causing Issues with Residents

Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan has raised the issue of the unofficial parking taking place on the N53 Castleblayney Road in Dundalk.

Cllr Corrigan said “I have been contacted by a number of residents on this road directly off the M1 roundabout intersection. Some time ago yellow box and double yellow lines were installed to facilitate local residents having clear visibility on turning to their homes from the main road. However, there is now a significant increase in the volume of persons parking their cars on that road to car pool to Dublin and the no parking in the boxes and double yellow lines are no longer being adhered to.”

A second issue was also raised by Edel Corrigan.

“There is also a significant increase in the amount of waste being discarded in this area, from builder’s waste to food and general waste which residents believe to be coming from those parking in the area. I contacted the Council regarding this and welcome the fact that they have already completed a clean-up of the area.”

Cllr Corrigan is seeking longer term solutions to the unofficial parking but unfortunately because of the remoteness of the area from the town, the use of traffic wardens who are on foot, would be unsuitable.

Cllr Corrigan said “Infrastructure are investigating the establishing of proper park and ride facilities for the longer term so hopefully that will alleviate the issues around this particular area.”

Joanna Byrne Welcomes Emergency Accommodation Checks

At the December meeting of Louth County Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne tabled a motion calling on LCC to commence unannounced, random spot-checks on all emergency accommodation provided by the local authority to those presenting as homeless.

Cllr Byrne also requested that a summary of these checks be reported to the council monthly in the housing progress report.

Following her motion being passed, Cllr Byrne is delighted to see that these checks are already underway and the first reporting of the same included in the January report.

Cllr Byrne said: “There is an onus on the Local Authority to promote safe and effective service provision to the vulnerable in our society experiencing homelessness. There is a multitude of reasons behind me requesting these checks – to keep the channels of communication open between the local authority and those being placed in emergency accommodation, but mostly to ensure that all of this accommodation complies with building, health and fire safety standards. The safety and wellbeing of people who find themselves in a vulnerable position, is very important.

“In December I welcomed the response from The Director of Service’s for Housing that they were to happy to act on my request and commit to reporting of this on a monthly basis, and one month later I commend the Local Authority on the swift implementation of the same. It is re-assuring to see the importance of these checks being recognised.”

Cllr Byrne has vowed to monitor this going forward and ensure that these checks continue.

Cllr Tomás Sharkey new Chair of Louth Meath Education & Training Board

Tomás Sharkey & Jenny Darcy (outgoing Chair)

Louth County Councillor Tomás Sharkey has been elected the chairman of Louth & Meath Education and Training Board.

Councillor Sharkey is a teacher and school principal and has been involved in the board and Louth VEC since the 2004 local elections.
Speaking after his appointment, Cllr Sharkey said “LMETB is a proud organisation. We lead the way in education in our two counties. Learners attend our 18 Post Primary schools and one Primary school. We are also responsible responsible for an extensive range of Adult Services throughout both counties, including Adult Learning Services, Community Education, Back to Education Initiative, VTOS and Adult Guidance.  There are 8 Youthreach centres spread across the two counties. Since July 1st 2014 Dundalk Regional Skills & Training Centre is under the governance of LMETB, having been transferred from SOLAS on that date. LMETB is patron to 6 Community Schools.
“It is an honour to held lead this organisation in partnership with all board members and staff. Education and training are vital for the future promotion of economic and social development in the region.”

Cllr David Saurin: Public Meetings over Fleadh Cheoil 2018 Will Give People Ownership

Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has encouraged local residents and groups to ‘have their say’ following confirmation from Louth County Council that public meetings will be held as part of the process of preparing for the Fleadh Cheoil 2018.

Cllr Saurin speaking after the County Council meeting said “I sought assurances that interested parties and groups would be able to participate in the planning of the Fleadh Cheoil and was informed that it is intended that public meetings will be part of a series of steps in preparing for this event.”

“I feel it is very important that the people of Drogheda and it’s hinterlands have an opportunity to bring suggestions and ideas to the organisers and also raise any concerns or questions they may have regarding what will be one of the most important events in the town’s recent history.”

Cllr David Saurin felt that these public meetings “will give local residents and groups a chance to have a say in the organising of the Fleadh and will also give people to feel a sense of ownership and allow the community to become stakeholders in an event which everyone hopes will bring great benefits to the town of Drogheda.

Cllr Saurin urged the Council to begin the process of holding these public meetings as soon as possible. “There is a growing sense in the community that there needs to be increased consultation with the public in relation to the Fleadh. The reality is many people and groups have positive contributions to make and are asking to be engaged with and given an opportunity to express their ideas.”


Ó Murchú Welcomes the purchase of Dundalk FC by the Chicago based Peak6 Investments

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has today welcomed the purchase of Dundalk FC by Peak6 Investments and is positive that “it will bode well for the club going forward.”

Cllr Ó Murchú who was selected to replace Gerry Adams TD in the next General Election said “I would also like to applaud all those who ensured Dundalk FC’s survival, including the various committees and of course, the loyal fans. I would like to commend Paul Browne and Andy Connolly in particular for the service they have provided to Dundalk FC over the last number of years. They have put major financial supports in at a very difficult and important time for the club.”

“The club has since gone on to have major successes at home and abroad. I wish them every success in their future endeavours.”