Cllr Watters congratulates students & staff at Bush Post Primary School

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has congratulated the pupils of his former school on their Junior Certificate results.

Councillor Watters said:

“Firstly I would like to congratulate every student in Bush post Primary School who sat the Junior Certificate.  I would also like to congratulate their teachers and other staff in the school. Having attended Bush I know how hard everyone works to ensure that all young people reach their full potential.”

“We are very fortunate to have such a good school in the community. It caters for all the young people in the area and provides a very broad curriculum with high standards for all whilst recognising individual interests.

“Bush has provided opportunities for thousands of young people to access careers in their chosen fields and signposted them to universities and further education colleges  to study the sciences, medicine, agriculture, arts and finance, to apprenticeships, jobs in local businesses, construction and agriculture.

“It has grown in numbers every year and works very closely with its local primary schools to ease the transition to 2nd Level education.

“Students who completed the Junior Cert have now moved into their new school term and are either doing transition year, leaving certificate course or LCA. This is a very important time in their lives and I wish them all the best.”

 

Cllr Antóin Watters: End to Waste Plant Proposals on Carlingford Lough ‘a Huge Relief’

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed the withdrawal of the application for a waste plant for hazardous waste which would have been sited on the shores of Carlingford Lough.

Concerns were raised when the application was submitted for Warrenpoint Harbour and last week Cllr Watters had asked that the plans be made available in Dundalk so that concerned residents and stakeholders on this side of the Lough would have access to them and be able to submit any concerns they may have had.

Cllr Watters said “it is a huge relief that following pressure from community groups and environmental activists and concerns raised by Chris Hazzard MP and myself, Warrenpoint Harbour took the decision not to allow the waste facility on its site.”

“Regen Waste then later confirmed that they were withdrawing the application and are ‘no longer advancing plans for such a facility in Warrenpoint Harbour.’ This is a huge relief to all those who value the delicate ecosystem in and around Carlingford Lough.”

Cllr Antóin Watters Seeks Warrenpoint Waste Facility Application to be made available in Louth

Plans to put a hazardous waste facility in Warrenpoint, Co Down on the shores of Carlingford Lough has caused concern on both sides of Carlingford Lough.

ReGen Waste plans to develop a new waste management facility in Warrenpoint Harbour but given the delicate ecosystem in Carlingford Lough, unprecedented interest has understandably been sparked.

Cllr Antóin Watters who represents the Dundalk Carlingford area said “I have been approached by a number of constituents who have expressed concern that the plans for this facility were being advanced behind closed doors and away from public eyes. Following contact with our newly elected MP for the South Down area, Chris Hazzard, ReGen Waste representatives assured him that there will be a comprehensive community consultation process taking place over the summer ‘to ensure full transparency around this project and to give stakeholders an opportunity to have any concerns around this proposal addressed.’ I welcome that confirmation.”

“Chris Hazzard MP has called on the people in his area to scrutinize these plans and I am calling on people from North Louth to do the same. In order to help facilitate that scrutiny, I have today asked ReGen Waste to make a copy of the application available to Louth County Council so they can make it available for viewing in Dundalk.”

Chris Hazzard MP

“Given the delicate environmental setting of Warrenpoint Harbour on Carlingford Lough, we need to be very careful and wary of the development of anything that would be detrimental to that.”

Cllr Watters welcomed the fact that the “licence application for this project has been made available to the public in Warrenpoint Town Hall from Monday 10th July. I hope to update the public in Louth as to when it will be available in Dundalk. I would urge as many as possible from North Louth to study this application and I also call on Louth County Council to be very familiar with it as well.”

“We expect that as time goes on this project will attract interest from environmental campaigners from further afield but it is of the utmost importance that local people on both sides of the Lough are familiar with the project and any concerns they have are addressed.”

Cllr Antóin Watters Welcomes Additional Garda Numbers

Following the latest meeting of the Dundalk Local Policing Forum, Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed plans for additional Garda resources to the Omeath/Carlingford area.

Cllr Watters said “I have been concerned at the reduced numbers for some time now. Over the past six years we have seen the Garda resources, especially in rural areas, cut to the bone.  Omeath and Carlingford are busy tourist areas as well as being a large residential area and they are just as entitled as other citizens to a Garda presence and decent resources. Locals have consistently raised their concerns with me and hopefully this will go some way to alleviating those worries.”

Cllr Antóin Watters Calls For Sanctions on Brazilian Beef in EU

Antoin WattersLouth Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has called for sanctions to be imposed on Brazilian beef being imported into the EU following a report last week of three processing plants in Brazil being forced to close. There is believed to be thirty companies under investigation under ‘Operation Weak Flesh’ including Brazil’s largest beef exporter JBS.

Cllr Watters visited Europe recently with a delegation of Young Farmers from the Cooley area. “I got to see at first hand the issues they are facing and it’s tough. Being a farmer is not an easy option for anyone and with Brexit looming God only knows how the farmers are going to be affected but we know it won’t be for the better.”

“Brazil would be Ireland’s main competitor in the EU beef market. The quality of Irish beef produced from grass-fed, free-roaming cattle, bred on family farms like those on the Cooley peninsula is of the highest standard. We should not have to compete with produce from countries where standards are shoddy or at times non-existent.”

Cllr Watters supported calls on the Irish Government to intervene and halt the importation of Brazilian beef into the EU as it was reported, there were ‘dangerous additives being used to bulk up poultry and salmonella-contaminated meat being exported to Europe’. It all seems to be about money with allegations of officials being bribed in order to get the required certification.”

Cllr Watters advised customers “this whole situation serves as a warning, cheaper is not better. When you buy local, you know you are getting the unique excellence of Irish beef. Our farmers should not have to compete with these ‘shoddy practices’.