Munster: Welcomes Opening of Boyne Primary Care Centre

Sinn Féin’s Imelda Munster has welcomed the opening of the new Primary Care Centre in Patrick’s Street, Drogheda. 

Deputy Munster said: 

The “Boyne Primary Care Centre” will replace the Peters St facility based in the Laurence Town Centre and it is due to open to the public on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 9am. It will incorporate primary care services and dental services as well as civil registration.

The HSE will provide a full range of primary care services from the centre including: Public Health Nursing (Child Child Health and Welfare and Care of the Older Person); PsychologySpeech and Language TherapyPhysiotherapyPodiatryWound ManagementPhlebotomyOccupational TherapyDietetics and Nutritional advice and support and Schemes Support (Medical Cards, EHIC, LTI)

Having raised the issue of the lack of dental services in early 2017 the full restoration of this service to the Drogheda area is very welcome as it means patients will no longer have to travel for treatment.

The Peters St facility will continue to be used by the HSE and I am advised that planning is at an advanced stage with an announcement pending from the HSE.

Boyne Primary Care Centre will supplement and support the extensively refurbished Ballsgrove Primary Care Centre that was re-opened in January 2018 following the malicious fire on St Stephen’s night 2016.

Boyne Business Park Pedestrian Update

Kenneth FloodCllr. Kenneth Flood has welcomed the update on the much needed footpath to The Boyne Business Park but has stated that this project must progress as a matter of urgency due to the safety concerns attached.

Cllr Flood said “as far back as January I brought a motion to the Drogheda Municipal Council which was passed which said would provide pedestrian access through the Boyne Business Park. At last night’s meeting of the Municipal Council it was confirmed that the Council have prepared plans for a new link road between Newtown Link Road and to connect to existing road on third party lands through to Newtownstalaban at Boyne Business Park to provide safe, secure pedestrian and vehicular access.”

“The update includes costs for the new road which are estimated at €258,000 and there are ongoing meetings regarding the legal end including access and taking-in-charge through third party lands adjacent to the site. When the new road is available, use of the existing road should discontinue.”

Cllr Flood said the ‘overdue update that will be welcomed by the business and staff of The Boyne Business Park and by the public who need to access the services there.”

Cllr Cassidy Expresses Concerns Over Landmark Bridge

Alan CassidySinn Féin Councillor Alan Cassidy is reminding people that the landmark Obelisk Bridge will close on the 23rd and 24th of this month. The bridge is being surveyed to assess its structural integrity following an enquiry from Cllr Cassidy.

Speaking today Cllr Cassidy said “I was aware that the bridge wasn’t in a great state. I contacted Louth County Council regarding this last month. The bridge itself hasn’t been painted in over 20 years and at road level it appears to be missing pieces of iron, also the rivets show signs of erosion. On closer inspection, at low tide, I was shocked at the level of corrosion below the bridge”.

Councillor Cassidy was concerned that “the iron plates which support the road surface are corroded on three of the four sides in many instances. I don’t want to prejudge the outcome of the inspection but it is my belief that the bridge will need major works to prevent it from literally falling apart.”

Obelisk Bridge is a protected structure built in the 1860’s and crosses the River Boyne. Alan Cassidy concluded “the Obelisk Bridge is used by thousands of people daily not to mention tourists visiting the Boyne Battlefield and Oldbridge House. Cosmetically the bridge has been allowed to deteriorate through rust and pieces’ missing but it is alarming to think it may have become dangerous through structural deterioration.”

The Obelisk Bridge will be closed on 23rd and 24th November to allow for the bridge to be surveyed.

View at low tide below the bridge

View at low tide below the bridge

Alan Cassidy Obelisk Bridge 1