Louth Sinn Fein have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk & Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.
Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run in Mid-Louth with his running mate not yet determined.
In Dundalk South the three sitting Councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Ruairi Ó Murchú and Anne Campbell.
Dundalk Carlingford has the two sitting councilors selected, Antóin Watters and Edel Corrigan with new face Eugene Garvey from Dundalk.
Edel Corrigan was proposed on behalf of the recently formed Maíre Drumm Cumann by Alan McArdle who also paid tribute to Edel’s father Stan. Stan Corrigan was the first Chair of the Maíre Drumm Cumann before he passed away. “We still miss the big man.”
Alan also said the Cumann looked forward to working with Edel and pledged their support to her going forward. The nomination was seconded by Vivienne Watters.
Edel with the Maíre Drumm Cumann
Speaking after the convention, Cllr Corrigan thanked the Cumann for their nomination and said “I’m looking forward to campaigning and continuing my work with their support. We are an active Cumann in the area and it’s sautifying to make a difference to people’s lives. With the prospect of a hard Brexit looming it is all the more important to protect the people living in rural areas especially around the border counties. Cross border crime is another scourge on the area which needs to be addressed on an on-going basis. I look forward to the challenges ahead.
If you would like to help out in Edel’s campaign please contact her or call into the SF office 1 – 2 Crowe Street. All help is appreciated, leafleting, postering, canvassing, whatever you can do…
Edel can be contacted through the office in Dundalk or the Maire Drumm Sinn Fein Cumann Facebook page.
Edel with the other candidates selected and our 2 TDs
Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan has raised the issue of the unofficial parking taking place on the N53 Castleblayney Road in Dundalk.
Cllr Corrigan said “I have been contacted by a number of residents on this road directly off the M1 roundabout intersection. Some time ago yellow box and double yellow lines were installed to facilitate local residents having clear visibility on turning to their homes from the main road. However, there is now a significant increase in the volume of persons parking their cars on that road to car pool to Dublin and the no parking in the boxes and double yellow lines are no longer being adhered to.”
A second issue was also raised by Edel Corrigan.
“There is also a significant increase in the amount of waste being discarded in this area, from builder’s waste to food and general waste which residents believe to be coming from those parking in the area. I contacted the Council regarding this and welcome the fact that they have already completed a clean-up of the area.”
Cllr Corrigan is seeking longer term solutions to the unofficial parking but unfortunately because of the remoteness of the area from the town, the use of traffic wardens who are on foot, would be unsuitable.
Cllr Corrigan said “Infrastructure are investigating the establishing of proper park and ride facilities for the longer term so hopefully that will alleviate the issues around this particular area.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan is encouraging groups who may be interested in initiating an energy upgrade project to consider applying for up to 50% Better Energy Community Funding.
Councillor Corrigan said “Louth County Council are facilitating community applications to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who provide funding for community groups, sports groups, private businesses and even public sector groups who wish to explore or develop an energy upgrade project.”
“Louth County Council at the minute are taking applications but the closing date for the final application is 26th January 2018. This means that the Council would need to finalise the beneficiaries for the funding by 15th January at the latest.”
Councillor Edel Corrigan is encouraging those interested or who may represent anyone in this field to “consider putting an application forward. Contact the Council’s Sustainable Energy Team directly on HYPERLINK “mailto:Padraig.firstname.lastname@example.org” Padraig.email@example.com for more details or to submit your application.”
“We are always seeking new ways to be more energy efficient and to reduce our carbon footprint and Louth County Council and SEAI recognise that and want to encourage it.”
With the next two phases of the Cox’s Regeneration Scheme getting underway, the person who had overseen the previous phase has now left Louth County Council.
Speaking at the Municipal meeting earlier this week, Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan sought clarification on who would be overseeing the Regeneration project. “I was told that a new Department had been formed within Louth County Council and they would be taking up the mantle and a new design team is in the process of being appointed. Unfortunately, this is the first time I have heard of this new department so that’s not a good start in the communication process.”
Cllr Corrigan said “It is of the utmost importance that there is very early engagement with the people from the area. The local residents and communities are on the ground and know what needs to be done, their input is essential for this regeneration Scheme to be successful.”
“Regeneration of any area is supposed to benefit the people of that area and unless the new design team and the new department engage with the people and groups who have already invested time and energy into improving their community then they are wasting their time. Now is the time, at this very early stage, to build those lines of communication and trust and for the local authority to show they are willing to commit to the success of this Project as much as the people of the area.”
Councillor Corrigan is calling on the Council to “hold a public meeting in the area to inform people of what is happening and to provide contacts for issues, concerns or contributions to the Regeneration Scheme and to encourage local people to get involved in the process.”
With the increase of road works being carried out around the town lately, Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan asked the question “is there a monitoring process in place whereby our local authority inspects the standard of work being carried out by these contractors?”
Cllr Corrigan was speaking at the Dundalk Municipal Council meeting this week and commented on “the surge of underground works taking place by Irish Water, facilities, networks and service contractors. While I appreciate the work has to be done, lately it just seems to be a lot of streets or roads are being dug up, along with footpaths to the inconvenience of businesses, traffic and pedestrians alike. I would like to ask how road openings are monitored to ensure safe, secure traffic management systems to facilitate access by people in the area.”
After consultation with several residents Cllr Corrigan said “We need better communication with residents and businesses before their services are disrupted or disconnected for a time. The notice given is inadequate and putting it out on radio or social media doesn’t always reach the people affected.”
“I want to know what measures are in place to ensure, when all works are all finished, that the roads and footpaths will be returned to an acceptable condition. We have many community areas where residents invested money, time and effort in improving their environment only to find that planters and flowerbeds were destroyed following these works and footpaths were left unassailable. In one area residents were left distressed finding exposed live cables.”
Louth County Council Operations Department advised that any concerns or complaints arising from the ongoing road works can be made to Louth County Council who will investigate.