Kenneth with local resident Mr Brady
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has slammed Louth County Council for removing parking spaces from the North Strand without prior notice or consultation.
Cllr Flood said “I have been pursuing the issue of parking for residents on the North Strand with Louth County Council. When I met with officials in the parking sub-committee in April I was given a figure of 32 parking spaces on the North Strand. At a subsequent meeting, that figure was reduced to 24 at the request of the Port Company.”
Cllr Flood said that “although we have had several parking specific meetings this year with the Chief Executive around all of the parking issues in Drogheda, the number of parking spaces, without consideration, consultation or notice, has now been reduced to just 9, with double yellow lines having been recently marked to remove parking.”
Cllr Flood has written to the Chief Executive expressing his dissatisfaction with this decision and has asked for alternative parking spaces to be provided for residents.
“I have also contacted the council’s Operations Department to see if anything can be done to alleviate parking problems for residents. When Mr Brady, ([pictured) contacted me regarding the removal of spaces on his street, he had already received several parking tickets because he now has nowhere to properly park his car near his
home. The residents of North Strand were not considered at all by Louth County Council and the fact that we the Councillors were not informed of this decision, throughout the lengthy consultation process on Drogheda’s Parking is another slap in the face that I do not intend to stand for.”
“I will be pursuing this matter until it is resolved to the resident’s satisfaction.”
Louth Sinn Féin will hold its annual Hungerstrike Commemoration in Drogheda next saturday September 1st.
The Commemoration will assemble at Bolton Square at 2.30pm and will march to the monument at Grove Hill.
In attendance this year, as in previous years, will be the Rising Phoenix Republican Flute band from Dublin and the Louth Republican Colour parties.
As in past commemorations held in Drogheda, the main speech will be given by a former Republican prisoner. This year the speech will be given by Fra McCann. Fra who was himself interned on the Maidstone prison ship, the cages of Long Kesh and later imprisoned in both Crumlin Road and Long Kesh. He spent three years on the blanket protest and on release from prison in 1979 became active in the anti H Block/Armagh Committee. In 1987 continuing in community activism Fra was elected to Belfast City Council representing Sinn Féin and from there was elected to The Northern Assembly in 2003 and has held his seat there ever since.
Local Councillor Joanna Byrne who will chair the event on the day is delighted to welcome Fra to Drogheda, ” It will be a great honour for me to introduce Fra to the Republican Community here locally. I have listened to Fra speak at events over the years in Belfast and his past experiences and memories of tougher times I have no doubt will captivate the crowd on the day. He is a stalwart republican who has inspired many younger generations , including myself. 37 years after the Hunger Strike and the Republican Struggle is at it’s strongest, all the time striving towards our primary political objective in bringing about a United Ireland. This is solely down to the resolve our Republican Prisoners, the bravery of all our 22 Hungerstrikers and the widespread support for them and their demands. County Louth has always played a big role in support of the Hungerstrikes and I think the selection of Fra to give the main oration this year is very fitting. It’s always a proud day for Drogheda to continue this tradition and i’m particularly looking forward to it, hope to see you all there “.
Cllrs Tom Cunningham, Kenneth Flood, Joanna Byrne & Ruairi Ó Murchú with Gerry Adams TD & Imelda Munster TD at Fleadh
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has extended his warmest congratulations to all of those involved in making Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 in Drogheda such a huge success.
Teachta Adams said:
“I want to commend the amazing efforts of the Drogheda Fleadh Committee, Drogheda Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Louth County Council, An Garda Síochána and the members of the Emergency Services, and the 1000 local volunteers who all worked hard to ensure that Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018 in Drogheda was a huge success. I also want to thank all of the sponsors who make events like this possible.
The Fleadh Cheoil is the biggest musical event on this island and is one of the most important in the cultural life of this island.
It was expected that around 400,000 local people and others from across the island and internationally would travel to Drogheda for a week of great music, dance and culture.
The atmosphere was electric with musicians and dancers performing wherever an audience was prepared to stand and listen. The decision to pedestrianise the town worked very well and made it much easier for the huge crowds to move about from the various events.
The Fleadh has also been an enormous boost to the local economy with tens of thousands of visitors coming to Drogheda to enjoy the music and craic.
Drogheda with its rich culture and heritage is perfectly placed to hold the Fleadh and I have no doubt that next year it will be even bigger and better.”
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his serious concern at the number of vacancies for consultant posts in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. His concern follows the publication of figures released to his party colleague Louise O’Reilly about vacant consultant posts in hospitals across the state.
Teachta Adams said:
“Sinn Féin and hospital consultants and their representatives have been stating for some time that there is a recruitment and retention crisis within the health service. The figures released to Deputy O’Reilly confirm that this is a real issue that affects every hospital across the state.
According to the figures there are at least 349 vacant consultant posts in hospitals. In some areas the number involved is deeply worrying.
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital is among the better resourced but nonetheless there are currently 7 vacant consultant posts within the hospital. All of these impact on essential health services provided in OLOL. There is one consultant less than the number required covering each of the speciality services of dermatology; emergency medicine; geriatric medicine; intensive care; orthopaedic surgery; child and adolescent psychiatry, and psychiatry.
With 2,700 children in the state needing access to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry the lack of 13 such consultant posts in the state, one of which covers Louth and Meath, is a serious concern.
The HSE has tried to paper over the cracks by employing doctors not on the specialist register as consultants and employing locum/agency consultants, but its short term solutions are not working.
The government must urgently address the recruitment and retention crisis affecting consultants and the Minister for Health and the HSE need to engage with representatives of the consultants and draw up a properly resourced plan to fill these posts. The gap in consultants is placing patients and staff under stress and at risk.”
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has said that she is “seriously annoyed and disappointed” that the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has yet to authorise a driving test centre for Drogheda, despite lengthy waiting lists in County Louth and no driving test service at all being currently available in the town.
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport welcomed news that a new driving test centre is expected to open in Dundalk next year, but queried the wisdom of investing in another driver test centre in Dundalk when Drogheda has none at all. Does Drogheda not feature in their business plan at all?
Deputy Munster said:
“I welcome any measures to improve services in Louth. It’s important that service provision is balanced and fair, however, and I have serious concerns that Drogheda is continuously overlooked.”
“I have asked the RSA on numerous occasions to provide a driving test centre in Drogheda, and I am repeatedly told that they have no plans to do so.”
“I find this hard to understand when you take the waiting lists into consideration. In June I received a response to a PQ which showed that people in Louth are waiting up to 15 weeks for a driving test, with an average wait time of 11 weeks.”
“The figures show that 1229 people are still awaiting a test. These figures do not include those customers already scheduled for a test or those who have made it known that they are not available for a test.”
“These figures show a clear need for additional services in the county. We have had an unacceptably long backlog for many months now, and with new legislation to be introduced for learner drivers numbers are expected to increase.”
“I will once again be contacting and calling on the RSA to reconsider the establishment of a test centre in Drogheda to cope with demand. I am looking for an explanation as to why they continue to ignore Drogheda.”