Cllr Joanna Byrne Repeats Calls for Plastic Bring Banks

Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne reported “Monday night’s Municipal District of Drogheda meeting saw the Chief Executive of Louth County Council Joan Martin announce to the members that she is immediately suspending charging for parking in Drogheda pending the adoption of new Bye Laws, and the financial implications of this would be to the tune of a loss in €300,000 in revenue at a minimum.

“On a positive note though, the CEO assured the members that she had been able to identify a number of sources to meet the sum involved and would be bringing proposals to the full council in three weeks time to meet the shortfall,therefore avoiding any cuts to the 2018 Budget.”

Joanna Byne said “This 300,000 was identified in the short few hours between the management team receiving legal advice on the Bye Laws on Monday morning and the meeting at teatime on Monday evening.

“The question now needs to be asked, how could such a substantial sum of money be identified in such a short period of time?

Bring Banks overflowing with plastic bottles 1 week after the decision


“November 2017’s budget meeting nearly saw the entire Council dissolved over major dissatisfaction amongst the members with many things, cuts in services without consultation and in particular, the collection of Plastics from Bring Banks was a major bone of contention. The cut in this particular service was in my view, always a cost-cutting measure.

“Despite all councillors voting and unanimously backing my Emergency Motion back in July to restore this service, worth €136k per annum, and several lobby attempts for the same in the period since then, this has not happened.

“I have written directly to the Chief Executive of Louth County Council today, asking that if she can pluck €300,000 from the sky to cover the costs of an administrative error then she must pluck another €136,000 from the same place to restore this vital service and stop defying the will of the elected representatives, and indeed the public of this county.”

Munster: Drogheda Needs Action, Not Lip Service

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has voiced concern and disappointment that government have once again only paid lip service to what Drogheda needs to prosper as the largest town in Ireland. Recognition is all grand if it comes with a firm plan of commitment for funding of infrastructure, implementation and timeframe for delivery. Third tier recognition on its own has no substance and could well be just an appeasement to ward off any political backlash for government representatives.

Deputy Munster stated : We all accept we need a roadmap, a plan to work towards going forward, but any plan should be definitive and include and address the immediate and short term needs as well as long term needs. This plan doesn’t do that. Designating Drogheda as a 3rd tier growth centre without defining what that actually means in real terms, considering we are already strategically placed and identified as part of the M1 economic corridor of Newry- Dundalk- Drogheda.

No commitment or timeframe to deliver our much needed Northern Cross Route to ease congestion in our town, no commitment to lift slip road toll on our town, no mention of development of our port, investment, jobs, or housing. No mention of investment of any sort in this area particularly in light of the fact that we are facing the looming impact of Brexit. It is easy to present a plan with promises for the future, you just have to look at the plan to deliver broadband, the timeframe was extended and extended and for many areas it’s still just a promise. Deputy Munster said the plan is big on presentation and gloss, but short on detail and front loading of investment.

Primary Care Centre with 5 Dental Surgeries Welcome – Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has welcomed the current investment in primary care provision with the imminent opening of a major Primary Care Centre in Patrick’s Street, Drogheda. The Primary Care Centre will be based in the recently refurbished Boyne Centre.

Deputy Munster stated “this development will include five fully refurbished dental Surgeries and will restore the dental services and clinics that had been removed from the town over the last 15 months. For the past 15 month’s school children had to travel to Dundalk or Ardee to access dental services. Other much needed services such as public health nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy for children and adults, psychology, a blood clinic, podiatry and ophthalmology.

Deputy Munster said “This primary care centre will provide much needed services along with the provision of Births, Deaths, and Marriage’s office and a dedicated room for civil ceremonies which will have its own entrance. It’s imminent opening will be very welcome especially as it will mean patients no longer have to travel to access dental services.


Cllr Kenneth Flood Urges Residents to ‘Shout’ To Get Streets Swept

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood is urging Drogheda resident’s to contact the Council if they think their road or street needs to be swept because it’s the “only way to get it done”.

Councillor Flood said “I have been contacted by a number of residents lately from various estates querying why they hadn’t seen a council road sweeper in more than a year and in some cases, several years. I contacted Louth County Council to ask for the street sweeping schedule so I could inform residents exactly when they could expect to see the elusive road sweeper in their area.”

Although main roads are swept on a weekly basis Louth County Council confirmed to Cllr Flood that “there is no daily or weekly rota for road sweeping.” Cllr Flood explained that “all other streets or roads are dealt with following visual inspections and/or complaints so basically if residents want to see their surroundings swept, they need to contact the Council and complain. Yet again, it is those who shout the loudest that will be heard.”

“It saddens me that I even have to raise this issue with council staff and inform the public that there is no actual schedule.  This issue has again highlighted the lack of funding for services and the lack of proper management of Drogheda, this state’s largest town. However, I and the Drogheda Sinn Féin Team will continue to fight for Drogheda until we have the status and services this town deserves.”

Cllr Flood Welcomes Joint Submission in Drogheda Port Public Consultation Process

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed the passing of his council motion which will see the Borough District of Drogheda Councillors make a joint submission to the forthcoming public consultation process on Drogheda Port.

Cllr Flood said “At the Oireachtas Transport Committee, Imelda Munster TD sought answers from the incoming Chairman of Drogheda Port, Dr Joseph Hiney. The questions centred around on the Port Company’s future and on the issues surrounding it in Drogheda. The answer to each question was that there would be a master plan and a public consultation process in the near future.”

Cllr Flood then explained that “The Port Company have now confirmed they are finalising an ‘Issues Paper’ for circulation to all the stakeholders of Drogheda Port and a public consultation process will follow early next year.”

Cllr Flood & Imelda Munster TD at Drogheda Port

The Drogheda Councillor who has been outspoken on this issue said “I have not seen many of the Councillors as animated in the past when we’ve discussed important issues for Drogheda. There is universal agreement that as Louth County Council is now a shareholder in the Port Company we must use this opportunity to try and resolve some of the serious and long-standing issues surround the Port in Drogheda: the car parking regime: the neglect of Donors Green and the buildings on the North Strand: the lack of a formal system of consultation with local representatives. These must all be addressed. We have not had this opportunity before and we must speak with a unified voice for Drogheda to resolve these issues.”

Cllr Kenneth Flood then thanked the Drogheda Councillors for supporting his Council motion and looks forward to “bringing the energy from the debate into the consultation process itself.”