Munster requests Housing Minister to meet Louth Council on Northern Cross Route

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called for the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD, or officials from his department, to meet with officials from Louth County Council in order to progress funding for the Northern Cross route, after his department rejected the council’s appeal for funding for the project under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund. His department originally rejected the application earlier this year.

Deputy Munster said:

“I wrote to the Minister this week asking him to meet with officials from the council to address the issues that affecting the funding application, as it is vitally important that this project gets the go ahead as quickly as possible.

“I raised this matter in the Dáil twice in the last two weeks, to ensure that this government is aware of the importance of this road and the fact that it is central to the Northern Environs Plan.

“Under the Northern Environs Plan, Louth County Council would open up lands for housing development, something this government is constantly advocating.

“Without this road Drogheda will continue to face daily gridlock with HGV traffic coming into the town centre.

“We can’t plan for the development of thousands of houses without having the infrastructure in place. This route is central to the Northern Environs Plan, which the people of Drogheda have been waiting for since 2006.

“This government and the last government have failed to deliver this project for Drogheda. I would hope that the Minister will listen to my proposal and take the initiative to work constructively with the council to secure funding for the project.

“We’ve been waiting over thirteen years at this stage. In that time gridlock has worsened in the town and the housing crisis has escalated. It’s time we got moving on the Port Access Northern Cross Route.”

Stop the Rip Off – Pearse Doherty TD to attend public meeting on insurance

Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that he is delighted to announce that Sinn Féin is hosting a public meeting on Insurance – End the Rip Off!

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th December at 7.30pm in the Imperial Hotel, Dundalk.

Councillor Ó Murchú said;

“A huge number of people have contacted me regarding the issue of insurance since Pearse Doherty TD brought a focus on this industry in the Dáil.

“I have been contacted by people with issues regarding their home and car insurance, businesses unable to obtain public liability insurance, community centres facing huge jumps in premiums and festivals which are facing cancellation due to the lack of affordable insurance cover.

“This whole industry is in need of a radical overhaul and I am delighted that Pearse Doherty TD is coming to Dundalk to inform people here about his plans for reform of this sector.

“I discussed this issue with Pearse Doherty yesterday in the Dáil and I know that Pearse is keen to hear how the people of Louth are being affected by the dubious practices of insurance companies.

“I urge as many people as possible to take the time on Wednesday 4th December to attend the Imperial Hotel at 7.30pm”

Louth addiction services under threat – Ó Murchú

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the Minister for Health must intervene to support community groups working with people in addiction in Louth. 

Cllr Ó Murchú, who is Chairperson of Louth Drug and Alcohol Forum and has recently been appointed as a member of the North East Regional Drugs Task Force, made his remarks this afternoon  following his attendance at a briefing in Leinster House by the North East Drugs Task Force. 

Councillor Ó Murchú said,

“The reality is that the groups who attended the Dáil today are all experiencing severe funding shortfalls. 

“Across the North East Region which encompasses Louth, Monaghan, Cavan and Meath, some groups are facing imminent closure unless the funding model is changed. 

“They have no continuity of funding and are required to bid to the HSE annually. 

“Typically, if they receive funding, it is allocated the same rate as the previous year which takes no account of the rising number of service users, rising rental and overhead costs and inflation. 

“Staff in these community organisations do amazing and life changing work, yet their rate of pay, terms and conditions do not match HSE employed staff.

“Financially these groups are running to stand still by fundraising ever greater amounts and relying on the goodwill of volunteers. 

“In Dundalk and other areas we are in an emergency regarding the level of drugs usage. This requires urgent government action.

“Louth based groups: The Red Door Project, Family Addiction Support Network, Turas and the Community Addiction Studies Course (CASC) all attended today’s meeting and I thank them for giving up their time and commend the work they are doing. 

“These groups also reported that the level of participation on the Task Force by statutory agencies such as the HSE, Gardaí and Department of Education is reducing. 

“The groups feel they are being disempowered in the decision making process. 

“This must be addressed because the state agencies need the local knowledge that only those working at the coal face can provide. 

“In follow up to today’s event a meeting with the Minister for Health and the Minister of State for Drugs will be requested and the Justice Committee will be making this issue a priority in the new year. “

Cllr Tom Cunningham: Termonabbey and Aston Village Flooding ‘Avoidable’

Following the heavy rain last Monday residents of Aston Village and Termonabbey found themselves driving around and through a flood when exiting their estates.

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham called the predicament ‘precarious’ and described it as having been ‘avoidable’.

Cllr Cunningham said “I notified Irish Water several weeks ago of the drains being blocked in the area stressing the urgency needed to get them cleared because of the adverse weather we have been having.

“Following the heavy rain on Monday, I contacted the Council following reports from local residents and then went to Aston Village. The road was flooded and the water was rising with nowhere to go. The drains obviously had not been cleared. Residents were

Cllr Tom Cunningham & Resident Kenneth Flood

finding it difficult accessing and exiting their estates.

“The Council staff arrived and immediately started work. I want to thank the Council workers who tended the area and for their quick response, it was an awful night to be out but the water started to clear and the road was eventually made passable.

“This was wholly avoidable if Irish Water had addressed my concerns weeks ago when it was first reported.”

 

Sinn Féin Selects Two to Contest General Election for Louth & East Meath

Former TD Arthur Morgan, Gerry Adams TD, Imelda Munster TD & Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú

 

Imelda Munster TD and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú have been selected by Sinn Féin members to contest next year’s general election on behalf of the Party.

The selection convention was held in the Grove Hotel in Dunleer and was attended by Sinn Féin members from across the constituency of Louth and East Meath, as well as Gerry Adams TD and former Louth TD Arthur Morgan.

Imelda Munster TD said:

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to stand for election on behalf of Sinn Féin again. I am proud that the people of the Louth and East Meath constituency elected me to represent them in Leinster House in 2016, and I have worked tirelessly on their behalf in that time.

“If elected next year I will continue to work hard for my constituents, standing up for the people of Louth and East Meath and holding those in power to account.

“This constituency has been left behind in many ways, for example in terms of infrastructure with the government not delivering on the Northern Cross Route for Drogheda, the Julianstown Bypass and the delay of the Ardee Bypass.

“I’ve consistently raised the issue of nursing homes double-charging residents, and I have legislation tabled to end that scandal.

“I will also continue to fight the government on the scandalous housing crisis and lack of affordable homes in Louth and across the state, hospital appointment waiting lists and other health issues, such as cancer patients having to fight to get medical cards.

“I stand up for Drogheda and East Meath in addressing the ongoing drugs gang feud and the horrific violence we’ve seen in our communities as a result of that.

“I have a reputation of never being afraid to speak up for the people I represent and if I’m fortunate enough to be re-elected I will continue this work.”

Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has been a formidable force on Louth County Council since 2017. During this time he has used his position to highlight many of the issues affecting the people of Louth.

Ruairí is currently campaigning for a Primary Care Centre and a CAMHS facility in Dundalk.

Ruairí is the Chairperson of Louth Drug and Alcohol Forum and is very active on community safety and works with the Gardaí and other agencies to tackle drug abuse.

Speaking after the convention, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú said:

“I am ambitious for Louth, I believe that different choices should be made and that’s why I want to retain two Sinn Féin TDs for this constituency. 

“I do not want to live in a country where children are forced to eat, sleep and live on the streets, where people wait years for medical procedures, where families cannot access respite and other essential supports.

“I want to live in a United Ireland with an equitable health system, where people have the right to a home, where the economy serves the people rather than the other way around.”