Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin is calling on everyone to check in on their elderly and disabled neighbours in light of the predicted severe weather that is due to hit the east of the country this week.
Cllr Saurin said “I am asking people to ensure that their elderly neighbours are prepared for the worst in terms of weather and to ensure that they have sufficient fuel and food supplies to see them through what could be several days of severe cold weather. Elderly and disabled people in both rural and urban areas may find themselves housebound if the worst of the weather predictions are accurate.”
“During the water outage last summer we saw a great sense of community spirit in the area as neighbours rallied to look after the more vulnerable in their communities and I’m sure that sense of concern for those who may find themselves housebound over the next few days will be repeated.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has called on Louth County Council to grit the main road through Tullyallen village in advance of the severe weather warnings forecast for the coming week.
Speaking today, Cllr Saurin said “I recently raised the issue of Louth County Council’s road gritting policy at a recent Drogheda Borough Council meeting and asked what roads were included in the road gritting plan. I was told that main and secondary roads are the only ones provided for in the gritting plan as they are the busiest roads.
Cllr Saurin then asked that this policy be reviewed “to take into account, increases in population in many of our villages and rural schools resulting in these rural roads being particularly busy especially in the mornings when the roads are at their most dangerous after harsh night time conditions. The main road through my own village of Tullyallen from the Collon Road junction to the school is particularly dangerous in icy conditions. Both the Slane and Collon roads on either side of the village are part of the current road gritting programme and to grit the road through Tullyallen itself would add a mere two kilometres onto the route of the gritting truck.”
The Council promised to review their policy ‘later in the year’ but Councillor Saurin is concerned about the severe weather warnings forecast for this week. The Tullyallen Councillor asked that “the Council even temporarily extends the network of roads to be gritted.
Cllr David Saurin said “Not much to ask to ensure a safer road for residents and parents.”
Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has voiced concern and disappointment that government have once again only paid lip service to what Drogheda needs to prosper as the largest town in Ireland. Recognition is all grand if it comes with a firm plan of commitment for funding of infrastructure, implementation and timeframe for delivery. Third tier recognition on its own has no substance and could well be just an appeasement to ward off any political backlash for government representatives.
Deputy Munster stated : We all accept we need a roadmap, a plan to work towards going forward, but any plan should be definitive and include and address the immediate and short term needs as well as long term needs. This plan doesn’t do that. Designating Drogheda as a 3rd tier growth centre without defining what that actually means in real terms, considering we are already strategically placed and identified as part of the M1 economic corridor of Newry- Dundalk- Drogheda.
No commitment or timeframe to deliver our much needed Northern Cross Route to ease congestion in our town, no commitment to lift slip road toll on our town, no mention of development of our port, investment, jobs, or housing. No mention of investment of any sort in this area particularly in light of the fact that we are facing the looming impact of Brexit. It is easy to present a plan with promises for the future, you just have to look at the plan to deliver broadband, the timeframe was extended and extended and for many areas it’s still just a promise. Deputy Munster said the plan is big on presentation and gloss, but short on detail and front loading of investment.
Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has welcomed the current investment in primary care provision with the imminent opening of a major Primary Care Centre in Patrick’s Street, Drogheda. The Primary Care Centre will be based in the recently refurbished Boyne Centre.
Deputy Munster stated “this development will include five fully refurbished dental Surgeries and will restore the dental services and clinics that had been removed from the town over the last 15 months. For the past 15 month’s school children had to travel to Dundalk or Ardee to access dental services. Other much needed services such as public health nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy for children and adults, psychology, a blood clinic, podiatry and ophthalmology.
Deputy Munster said “This primary care centre will provide much needed services along with the provision of Births, Deaths, and Marriage’s office and a dedicated room for civil ceremonies which will have its own entrance. It’s imminent opening will be very welcome especially as it will mean patients no longer have to travel to access dental services.
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood is urging Drogheda resident’s to contact the Council if they think their road or street needs to be swept because it’s the “only way to get it done”.
Councillor Flood said “I have been contacted by a number of residents lately from various estates querying why they hadn’t seen a council road sweeper in more than a year and in some cases, several years. I contacted Louth County Council to ask for the street sweeping schedule so I could inform residents exactly when they could expect to see the elusive road sweeper in their area.”
Although main roads are swept on a weekly basis Louth County Council confirmed to Cllr Flood that “there is no daily or weekly rota for road sweeping.” Cllr Flood explained that “all other streets or roads are dealt with following visual inspections and/or complaints so basically if residents want to see their surroundings swept, they need to contact the Council and complain. Yet again, it is those who shout the loudest that will be heard.”
“It saddens me that I even have to raise this issue with council staff and inform the public that there is no actual schedule. This issue has again highlighted the lack of funding for services and the lack of proper management of Drogheda, this state’s largest town. However, I and the Drogheda Sinn Féin Team will continue to fight for Drogheda until we have the status and services this town deserves.”