Cllr Flood Hits Out at Second Cancelled Meeting

Kenneth FloodFriday’s meeting of the Louth Policing Forum had to be cancelled because of a lack of Garda resources.

The meeting between the three Sinn Féin Joint Policing Committee chairs, Cllr Jim Loughran, Cllr Pearse McGeough and Cllr Kenneth Flood was due to take place with Louth council officials and a senior member of An Garda Siochana.

Speaking today, Cllr Kenneth Flood said “we were due to discuss important community safety issues and organise a work plan for the year. It is ironic that one of the community safety issues in Louth is the Garda cutbacks and lack of resources.”

This cancellation comes just 7 weeks after another meeting was cancelled citing the lack of availability of an Garda Siochána. A public meeting was scheduled for 1st December and again, was cancelled at short notice.

Cllr Flood at the time hailed the meeting as “a vital link between the public, the Gardaí and public servants.”

This latest cancellation comes after it was announced that of the 295 newly qualified Gardaí in 2015, just 10 of them will be allocated to County Louth.

Cllr Flood said “while we welcome 10 new Gardaí to County Louth, we have to remember that under this FG/Lab government we are actually down 35 Gardaí. Since 2010 the number of Gardaí stationed in Louth has declined from 314 to just 279.”

This week Sinn Féin launched its Citizen’s Charter for Older People which Kenneth Flood described as setting out “a series of commitments to reverse some of the harshest cuts and restore some dignity and a decent standard of living to our older people. There has been an increase in assaults, burglaries, sexual offences, theft and fraud in 2015 compared to the previous year”.

Cllr Flood concluded “Older people living especially in rural areas have become more isolated as a result of cuts to the telephone allowance, rural transport and home care and many live in fear in their own homes. We need this meeting to take place sooner rather than later and start trying to clean up the mess and chaos that this government have left us in.”

 

Loughran Hits Out at Cancelled Meeting

Jim Loughran 7Friday’s meeting of the Louth Policing Forum had to be cancelled because of a lack of Garda resources.

The meeting between the three Sinn Féin Joint Policing Committee chairs,  Cllr Jim Loughran, Cllr Pearse McGeough and Cllr Kenneth Flood was due to take place with Louth council officials and a senior member of An Garda Siochana.

Speaking today, Cllr Jim Loughran said “we were to discuss important community safety issues and organise a work plan for the year. It is ironic that one of the community safety issues in Louth is the Garda cutbacks and lack of resources.”

This cancellation comes after it was announced that of the 295 newly qualified Gardaí in 2015, just 10 of them will be allocated to County Louth.

“Cllr Loughran said “while we welcome 10 new Gardaí to the county, we have to remember that under this government we are actually down 35 Gardaí. Since 2010 the number of Gardaí stationed in Louth has declined from 314 to just 279.”

This week Sinn Féin launched its Citizen’s Charter for Older People which Jim Loughran described as setting out “a series of commitments to reverse some of the harshest cuts and restore dignity and a decent standard of living to our older people. There has been an increase in assaults, burglaries, sexual offences, theft and fraud in 2015 compared to the previous year”.

Cllr Loughran concluded “Older people living especially in rural areas have become more isolated as a result of cuts to the telephone allowance, rural transport and home care and many live in fear in their own homes. We need this meeting to take place sooner rather than later and start trying to clean up the mess that this government have left us in.”

Elective surgery cancellation in Dundalk “latest outrage by a dysfunctional HSE” Sharkey

Tomas Sharkey PhotoCounty Councillor in Louth Tomás Sharkey is hitting out at the decision by the HSE to cancel elective surgery in Louth County Hospital in Dundalk and has called it “the latest outrage in a dysfunctional health service.”

“The HSE has just announced that it is cancelling elective surgery in Dundalk’s hospital. They have admitted that this is not to free up beds to deal with an overcrowding crisis but simply to address the fact that there is a staffing shortage in the theatre section of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

 

“This new decision means that a minimum of seven operations a day will be cancelled in Louth County Hospital. Those patients will not have their gallbladder, varecous veins and hernia repair operations carried out. They will be left on a longer than ever waiting list and will probably end up sicker as a result, putting a new burden on the health system. Tis cut will cost more than it will save.
“A surgeon now has no elective list of patients to operate on and no theatre staff to work with. There is no justification for the waste of that surgeon’s time. Patients are due to receive word that the operation they have been waiting for is cancelled and that news will have a huge impact on them, their morale and family’s plans to provide aftercare.
“This decision is not in response to an overcrowding or trolley crisis. It is down to the fact that there are to enough staff in the Lourdes hospital. the HSE has tried to recruit but cannot attract staff to work in that hospital. Moving theatre staff from Dundalk to Drogheda does not get more operations done – it simply rotates the reduction in service from one place to another.
“Put simply, the HSE and it’s bosses in government are failing on a daily basis to provide a reliable, consistent health service to the people of this region.

County Grinch Threatens To Cancel Christmas

Jennifer GreenHaving been approached by several people enquiring about the Christmas decorations and lights this year in Dundalk, Sinn Féin Councillor Jennifer Green put the question to the County Manager and was taken aback at her response.

Green said “in previous years the expense from the tree and shortfall from some of the electricity charges from the lights would have been met from the Dundalk Town Council budget. With DTC abolished I wanted to clarify the situation. The reply I got could be interpreted as a threat.

“The reply was that although it wasn’t their intention to change things, the outcome of the LPT being reduced by possibly 15% could affect this and whether we are still going to have money for this kind of activity in the future.”

Councillor Green continued “Where are all the savings Phil Hogan promised with the reform of Local Government? My understanding of this is if we vote to give the people of Louth a break of 15% on their Local Property Tax then Christmas may be cancelled. People are struggling enough and now this. Ridiculous.”