Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has encouraged local residents and groups to ‘have their say’ following confirmation from Louth County Council that public meetings will be held as part of the process of preparing for the Fleadh Cheoil 2018.
Cllr Saurin speaking after the County Council meeting said “I sought assurances that interested parties and groups would be able to participate in the planning of the Fleadh Cheoil and was informed that it is intended that public meetings will be part of a series of steps in preparing for this event.”
“I feel it is very important that the people of Drogheda and it’s hinterlands have an opportunity to bring suggestions and ideas to the organisers and also raise any concerns or questions they may have regarding what will be one of the most important events in the town’s recent history.”
Cllr David Saurin felt that these public meetings “will give local residents and groups a chance to have a say in the organising of the Fleadh and will also give people to feel a sense of ownership and allow the community to become stakeholders in an event which everyone hopes will bring great benefits to the town of Drogheda.
Cllr Saurin urged the Council to begin the process of holding these public meetings as soon as possible. “There is a growing sense in the community that there needs to be increased consultation with the public in relation to the Fleadh. The reality is many people and groups have positive contributions to make and are asking to be engaged with and given an opportunity to express their ideas.”
Following a presentation by Chief Superintendent Sean Ward in The Grove Hotel in Dunleer, Chairperson of the South Louth Joint Policing Committee, Kenneth Flood, has welcomed the new community policing initiatives for Louth.
Cllr Flood said “I have long been an advocate for community policing and initiatives that can better connect the public with the Gardaí. The new sectoral policing initiative means that every area in Drogheda will have a Garda dedicated to that area. A Garda who will identify with and get to know the area, connect with the residents there and then use their knowledge on the ground to link in with the other Garda Units if and when a crime is reported”.
“This is a pilot project so if it is successful, it should be rolled out to our rural areas as well. The rural areas have suffered cuts to Garda and policing through the Government’s austerity so this is a step in the right direction to bring security and peace of mind back to our rural communities. It is in everybody’s interest to ensure its success.”
“I am hopeful that this initiative will create a new level of cooperation and personal interaction within our communities”.
Pictured at the recent policing meeting Sinn Fein Councillors Antóin Watters, Kenneth Flood, Joanna Byrne, Pearse McGeough along with TD Imelda Munster.
The Department of Social Protection has announced that the Laytown and Duleek Community Welfare Clinics are to relocate to the main Intreo Centre on Custom House Quay in Drogheda with effect from Monday 3rd April 2017.
Sinn Féin TD for Louth/East Meath Imelda Munster is outraged at this decision, which she says, will greatly inconvenience constituents in these areas who are already under extreme pressure.
The majority of the work carried out by Community Welfare Officers involves the administration of the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme which provides for those who are in need of assistance to meet a wide range of expenses, from diet and heating to mortgage and interest supplement and even for exceptional needs payments such as buggies, clothing or funeral costs.
‘The people who need to avail of this allowance are often amongst the most hard-pushed in our society suffering from severe financial pressure and its attendant anxiety. The very last thing they need is the additional inconvenience, not to mention travel expenses, that having to go to Drogheda will incur,’ says Deputy Munster.
‘I have written to the Minister regarding this matter requesting that he reconsider this decision and retain the Laytown and Duleek Community Welfare Clinics in the heart of the community, providing a service, where they belong.’
Sinn Féin Louth County Councillor for the Ardee Area Pearse McGeough paid tribute to those Community Activists who work in the Killany area.
McGeough, a candidate in the upcoming local elections said “It has been my privilege to work closely with this community over the last 10 years. These community activists work on a daily basis to improve the quality of life for people in the Killanny area and I want to give them some recognition for all their hard work.”
Ardee man McGeough explained “the fruits of this work is clear for all to see with the playground being a fine example that stands out.”
Councillor McGeough lauded the activists by saying “It is my belief that Killanny is the template that other communities throughout Louth should replicate. When the current Louth County Development plan was being renewed I requested that Killanny be included in Louth County Council settlement Hierachy \ Village Status. Unfortunately, this proposal was not successful, however, I do feel a lot has been achieved to date and this is an ongoing work in progress.”
“When Louth County Council announced that their Speed Limit Bye Laws were to be reviewed I, after consultation with the local community, requested that Killanny be included as an area where Speed Limit Signs be erected. I am pleased to say this proposal was passed at the April meeting of Louth County Council and these signs will be rolled out shortly. Over the last 10 years, together with my fellow councillors from Monaghan, Matt Carthy and Noel Keelan, we have worked with the killanny activists and look forward to continuing that relationship.”