Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has sought information from Louth County Council regarding the future of Carlingford’s Tourist Office.
The tourist Office in the village closed recently leaving the area with nowhere for tourists to visit for information.
Cllr Watters said “Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula are bustling with visitors and tourists from all over the world who come to see the stunning scenery and to experience the wealth of history in the area going back 800 years. In 2008 we received Europe’s Destination of Excellence Award and quite deservedly so. We have grown from strength to strength and yet, we no longer have a Tourist Office.”
Cllr Watters said “no matter where tourists go, their first port of call is always to the local tourist office to pick up maps and find out where the local areas of interest are or to get information on where to stay etc. It is essential that Carlingford, being a tourist hub for the North East, provides that service. It is unacceptable that we are left without one and this needs to be redressed as soon as possible.”
“Following the abrupt closure of Carlingford Tourist Office, I have received numerous calls from parties who would be interested in leasing the building itself. It is essential that this building, which is in a prime location in Carlingford Village, remains in use and I have no doubt that there are many local businesses and groups who will be interested in leasing it.”
“In the meantime I will be contacting the Tourism Board to find out the reasons behind the sudden closure and to ascertain any plans for re-opening it albeit at a different location.”
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called on the government to “demand the complete closure of the Cumbria Sellafield nuclear plant.”
His call follows a BBC Panorama report which revealed that radioactive materials have been stored in degrading plastic bottles, that too few staff operate the site, and that there is a real fear of a fire that would create “a plume of radiological waste that will go across western Europe.”
Teachta Adams said:
“Louth is in the front line of any threat posed by Sellafield. Sinn Féin has repeatedly called on the Irish government to mount a campaign to have it closed and to oppose the construction of other nuclear plants across the Irish Sea.
While Sellafield may no longer generate energy it is a major nuclear installation with huge amounts of nuclear materials stored on site.
In 2011 this was the first issue I raised in Leaders Questions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny following the general election. In the previous months there had been another in a long list of contamination incidents at the British plant and two earthquakes had occurred in the north of England, including a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in Cumbria.
The BBC report revealed that between July 2012 and July 2013 there were 97 incidents where there too few workers available.
These and the concerns raised in the BBC programme show that Sellafield presents a direct threat to the health and safety of staff and of communities, including the people of Louth.
The government should now publish in full its 2011 report which concluded there was no health risk from Sellafield but that a severe incident would have an impact on tourism and exports of Irish food.
It should also mount a vigorous campaign to demand that Sellafield be closed.”
Cllr Edel Corrigan has today called for a special meeting of Louth County
Council to tackle the issue of the announced closure of the Women’s Aid Refuge
Cllr Corrigan is calling for a meeting under Section 5 of
Standing Orders and has submitted her petition today, which had joint support from a number of other county Councillors, to propose of the following
“That Louth County Council have no confidence in the directive from the government which has led to the reduction of funding and the forced closure of Dundalk Women’s Aid refuge. That Louth County Council Petition National Government to provide additional funding for the provision of services at Women’s Aid refuge Dundalk with immediate effect.”
Commenting on the proposed closure, Edel Corrigan said “It is tragic to think that such a vital service like the Women’s Aid Refuge will be removed from Dundalk. I am dumbfounded by the recklessness and disregard the government have for the needs of the people they claim to represent. It takes a lot for someone in an abusive situation to remove themselves from such a dangerous environment and now these women will have nowhere to turn to.”
Councillor Corrigan continued, “Housing policies already work against those who leave the family home. Criteria for being accepted to the local authority housing list exempt you if you have a financial interest in the property. The facilities at the Women’s Aid Refuge are second to none. What are these women and children expected to do now? It’s bad enough that such a high demand for these services and lack of funding has
previously led to hundreds women and children being turned away from the Women’s Aid refuge in Dundalk as there are no resources to accommodate them.”
Corrigan concluded “we need to be preventing Domestic Violence by educating people of its effects and supporting those who need help to get out of harmful situations, not abandoning them when they are most in need of support.”