Clogherhead Bank Holiday Traffic Management – Tom Cunningham

Cllr Tom Cunningham

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has once again issued a plea to visitors to Clogherhead to be mindful of where they park.

The Clogherhead Councillor said “when the sun comes out so do the tourists and visitors en masse. Clogherhead is a popular destination all year round but weekends and summer days are particular busy.

“Unfortunately last weekend the Gardaí had to issue a number of parking fines” and Councillor Cunningham is warning of the upcoming bank holiday and said “there will be an increased Garda presence in the village to manage traffic this bank holiday weekend and they will be issuing even more tickets to any vehicle that is illegally parked.”

Over the past number of years Cllr Cunningham has been very vocal on this issue especially around the Crooked Street area of the village which leads to the Lifeboat Station and said “illegally parked cars can delay the response times of personnel arriving at the station in the case of an emergency call out.

“It is great to see the Gardaí being so pro-active on this and it is appreciated by the residents of the area in particular.”

Cllr Cunningham advised visitors this bank holiday to “be mindful of where you park. Be aware of blocking other cars in, blocking residents or their property and especially the emergency services. I would also ask that you don’t park on footpaths as this is restricting access for wheelchairs, buggies and pedestrians. Be aware of the traffic flow and ask yourself, ‘if I park here can traffic flow easily around me and if there was an emergency could a large vehicle get by?’ It is common sense and I appreciate parking can be frustrating at times but we want everyone to enjoy access to our facilities here in Clogherhead without hindrance. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy their day.”

Gov must provide ‘Rural Resettlement Incentives’ as remote working becomes the norm – Chris MacManus MEP

“Government must provide ‘Rural Resettlement Incentives’ as remote working becomes the norm” – Chris MacManus MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus has called for the introduction of a rural resettlement scheme to encourage families to relocate to rural areas. The Midlands Northwest MEP argues that the growth in remote working provides an opportunity to attract younger families to rural Ireland and revive aging rural communities.
MacManus said:
“Preparing for Ireland’s changing demographics is critical to the future sustainability of rural communities. Census data tells us that Ireland has an increasingly urban population, with young people flocking to the cities and towns for education and job opportunities while the age profile of rural Ireland grows older. The effects of this outward migration have impacted heavily on many rural communities who have lost local businesses, Post Offices, Garda Stations, public transport and teachers from the local school.”
“We have seen an enormous shift towards remote working as a result of the pandemic and this will be helped by the rollout of the National Broadband Plan in the coming years. This means that people no longer need to live near their place of work which presents a significant opportunity to attract young families back to rural communities.”
MacManus insists there is an opportunity now which cannot be overlooked. “The Government must grasp this opportunity by actively encouraging and supporting those who wish to move to rural areas. The Government’s rural development plan announced earlier this year commits to examining incentives to encourage workers to relocate to rural areas.”
“As part of this commitment the Government should explore the introduction of a rural resettlement scheme which would support families in relocating. Such a scheme existed previously and was operated by Rural Resettlement Ireland, who successfully relocated 800 families from urban communities to rural Ireland during its 20 years in operation, until the discontinuation of Government funding in 2012 lead to its demise.”
“The new scheme could operate in a similar manner, helping families secure low interest mortgages, matching families with suitable accommodation and administering grants to incentivize relocation. Tax incentives for workers who relocate, and a marketing campaign could be introduced by Government to assist the scheme.”
“Rural communities who welcome new young families to the area would benefit significantly. Increased population helps protect vital services and makes communities more economically viable. In addition, a younger population helps to ensure that these communities will have a sustainable future. In a time like this where we are in the midst of a serious housing crisis, a move away from our cities for many would mean a real opportunity to find a new quality of life.”
The Sinn Féin MEP concluded, “This is a great opportunity. One that would benefit rural communities as a result of remote working.  The Government must take full advantage.”