With the recent upsurge in violent crime in Rathmullan Estate, local Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has expressed his frustration and anger at what he calls “Louth County Council’s lack of action in dealing with the ongoing anti-social issues in the estate.”
Cllr Saurin said “In recent weeks we have seen explosive devices left on doorsteps, petrol bombings, windows broken in attempts to intimidate a community and to prevent people reporting those responsible for crime to the authorities. The vast majority of people in this area are law abiding citizens trying to live their lives and raise their families to the best of their abilities. As I have said in the past and I say it again, the people in this estate feel abandoned by Louth County Council.”
“Last year a Cross Directive Initiative was launched by the Council to deal with the issues of anti-social behaviour in the estate. To date no measures have been introduced to counter the problem, no new speed ramps, no LED lighting upgrade, no CCTV cameras and no alleyways closed off.”
While Cllr Saurin welcomes initiatives introduced by the Council to deal with the Moneymore Estate he feels that “the residents in Rathmullan appear to have been forgotten, despite the fact that many of the same issues that exist in Moneymore are also prevalent in their estate. It is vitally important that none of our estates are left behind in the fight against anti-social behaviour and drug crime”.
Cllr Saurin is asking that “the Council engage with the residents in the area and listen to the issues first hand from those living in fear in their homes and on the streets of their estate.”
With extra Gardaí allocated to the District, Cllr Saurin welcomed their increased presence in the area and views this as a positive step. “This has provided some comfort to the residents but the fact of the matter is that it is not up to Gardaí alone. This needs to be multi-agency approach between the Gardaí, Louth County Council and the community. Rathmullan Estate needs the Council to step up to the mark and invest in the measures required to help combat this scourge. Rathmullan residents deserve better and refuse to be ignored or left behind.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has expressed his disappointment and frustration with Louth County Council over its failure to implement many of the promised measures to combat anti-social behaviour in Rathmullan and Finian’s park.
Cllr Saurin said “at last month’s County Council meeting I asked for an update on the Cross Directive Initiative for Rathmullan which was launched by the Council last summer to combat the ongoing anti-social behaviour in the area. The response I received revealed a lack of urgency on behalf of the Council regarding the implementation of the necessary measures required to deal with the ongoing situation in these areas.”
Cllr Saurin feels this “highlights a complete lack of understanding by the Council of the impact that this behaviour has on the quality of life for the majority of law abiding citizens living in these estates.”
There were several measures promised by the Council such as the installation of extra speed ramps in both estates, repairs to public lighting in the back alleys, infill housing and the installation of CCTV cameras.
According to Cllr Saurin, “some bollards were installed earlier in the year in Rathmullan but there has been no further measures implemented.” While acknowledging that some of the planned solutions such as infill housing and CCTV cameras are long term and will require a bigger investment, Cllr Saurin said that “speed ramps and lighting are relatively low cost and should be installed promptly.”
“The residents of Rathmullen and Finian’s Park expect their concerns to be addressed by the Council and sooner rather than later.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has welcomed Louth County Council’s decision to include the main road through the village of Tullyallen in its 2018-2019 Winter Gritting programme.
Cllr Saurin said “I raised the issue of gritting the road through Tullyallen Village with Council officials last year and although I was told that the finances were not available in the budget to carry out the work at that time, I did receive a commitment that the issue would be reviewed for this year’s Gritting Programme.”
At the last Drogheda Borough Council meeting Cllr Saurin brought forward a motion calling on the Council, in the interest of road safety, to include the village in the Road Gritting Programme.
Cllr Saurin said “In fairness to the officials and to give credit where it’s due, the Council have listened to the safety concerns and acted accordingly. The residents of Tullyallen Village and its hinterland will be greatly relieved to hear that this road will be gritted during times of hard frost and other severe weather conditions. The main road through the village is particularly dangerous in icy conditions and as it passes the local national school is very busy in the early morning with children walking to school and cars dropping children off at the gates. The potential for a serious accident involving a vehicle losing control in dangerous driving conditions will hopefully be much reduced by this decision.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin is calling on Louth County Council to extend the double yellow lines running along the road from Barrack Street around Millmount to Mount St. Oliver.
Cllr Saurin said “I have recently been contacted by residents in Mount St. Oliver expressing concern about parking along the road at the blind corner just where the road skirts the walls of Millmount from Barrack Street leading into Mount St. Oliver.”
According to Cllr Saurin who visited the street to see for himself “The double yellow lines stop just on this blind bend causing cars approaching from Barrack Street to move into the middle of the road when there are cars parked. The cars are parked legally as the yellow lines have stopped. However, this creates a dangerous scenario with the potential for a head on collision if traffic is coming in the opposite direction. Residents have informed me that there have been several near misses in recent times.”
Cllr Saurin has raised the issue with Council Officials at the recent Drogheda Borough Council meeting and has asked that “in the interests of safety, that the double yellow lines be extended by several metres to clear this blind bend completely and help reduce the danger for motorists and the potential for any traffic accidents.”
David and daughter Leanne
Sitting Councillor David Saurin was selected last night to run for the Drogheda Urban constituency for the Party.
David was proposed by Nikki Gavin from his Cumann in Drogheda who commended him on the work he has done until now and wished him well for the future.
David was seconded by his daughter Leanne who assured the room she was in no way biased. “I am very proud of you Dad. Dad works hard for his constituents since taking over from former Cllr Alan Cassidy who had to stand down for health reasons. On top of all this Councillor work, Dad also does shift work and he does it all without complaint. I am so proud of him and everything he has achieved and how hard he works and I look forward to campaigning for him when the elections are called.”
David commended former Cllr Alan Cassidy and admitted he “didn’t realise just how much work was involved when he took it on. I didn’t appreciate just how hard the council team actually worked but I certainly do now. It is 24/7 and I am grateful for the team around me. Kenneth Flood and Joanna Byrne have been a great support and help to me here in Drogheda and together we do trojan work. It’s all about bringing the Republican agenda to the people and I, along with the Colonel Leonard Cumann strive to do that on an on-going basis. We have to continue to build up the vote, we can see how it has increased over the years but that doesn’t happen easily. it is hard work and I am prepared to continue to give it 100%”
The new line up so far in Drogheda