Cllr Mickey Larkin Welcomes Wildlife Ranger to Protect Natural Beauty of Cooley Mountains

Cllr Mickey Larkin

Sinn Féin Cllr Mickey Larkin has welcomed the news that a Wildlife Ranger will be assigned to the Cooley Mountains.

Cllr Larkin attended a public meeting last Friday with his colleague Cllr Antóin Watters from Dundalk/Carlingford in the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre in Riverstown, Co Louth.

Cllr Larkin said “Present at the public meeting were representatives from the IFA, Mountaineering Ireland and local walking groups. One thing that we all had in common was our love for the mountains and our wish to see their natural beauty preserved for future generations.”

Cllr Antóin Watters

Cllr Larkin said “The meeting was called following the recent spraying of yellow markings in the Cooley Mountains. It was agreed by all present that there needed to be more awareness of events being held on the mountains. All agreed that a ‘no trace’ approach would be best practice, basically to leave the Mountains as you found them.”

Cllr Larkin was also pleased to see that “the organisers are going to meet with local Gardaí to ensure that any future users of the mountain will use appropriate temporary markings and the group will work closely with the new Wildlife Ranger.”

Cllr Larkin reminded that “the Cooley Mountains are for all to enjoy and are important for local tourism. The area is one of outstanding beauty so I will raise this issue with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and my colleague Cllr Antóin Watters will raise it with Louth County Council and we will also raise it at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Group which deal with cross border issues between the two Councils. Let’s leave nature as we find it.”

L-R Helen Lawless (Mountaineering Ireland), Cllr Micky Larkin, Cllr Antóin Watters, Matthew McGreehan & Ciaran Sheelan (both Louth IFA)

Antóin Watters Welcomes Wildlife Ranger to Protect Natural Beauty of Cooley Mountains

Cllr Antóin Watters

Sinn Féin Cllr Antóin Watters has welcomed the news that a Wildlife Ranger will be assigned to the Cooley Mountains.

Having attended a public meeting last Friday with his colleague Cllr Mickey Larkin from South Armagh in the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre, Cllr Watters said “we were present with representatives from the IFA, Mountaineering Ireland and local walking groups. One thing that

Cllr Mickey Larkin

we all had in common was our love for the mountains and our wish to see their natural beauty preserved for future generations.”

Cllr Watters said “The meeting was called following the discovery of yellow markings that had been sprayed on the Cooley Mountains recently. It was agreed that there needed to be more awareness of events being held on the mountains. All those present agreed that a ‘no trace’ approach would be best practice, basically, leave the Mountains as you found them.”

Cllr Watters was also pleased to see that “the organisers are going to meet with local Gardaí to ensure that any future users of the mountain will use appropriate temporary markings and the group will work closely with the Wildlife Ranger.”

Cllr Watters reminded that “the Cooley Mountains are for all to enjoy and are important for local tourism. The area is one of outstanding beauty so I will raise this issue with Louth County Council and my colleague Cllr Mickey Larkin will raise it with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and we will also raise it at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Group which deal with cross border issues between the two Councils. Let’s leave nature as we find it.”

L-R Helen Lawless (Mountaineering Ireland), Cllr Micky Larkin, Cllr Antóin Watters, Matthew McGreehan & Ciaran Sheelan (both Louth IFA)

Louth Sinn Féin Conference to review election and plan for future

Imelda & GerryLouth Sinn Féin Conference to review election and plan for future

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD will join Gerry Adams TD and Imelda Munster TD in hosting a conference this evening to review the recent general election result and to plan for continued growth in the constituency in the time ahead, including preparation for future elections.

The conference will take place in the Crowne Plaza, Dundalk, at 7.15 pm.

There will be a media opportunity with Gerry Adams TD, Imelda Munster TD and Teachta McDonald at 7pm in the Crowne Plaza.

Cllr Flood Hits Out at Second Cancelled Meeting

Kenneth FloodFriday’s meeting of the Louth Policing Forum had to be cancelled because of a lack of Garda resources.

The meeting between the three Sinn Féin Joint Policing Committee chairs, Cllr Jim Loughran, Cllr Pearse McGeough and Cllr Kenneth Flood was due to take place with Louth council officials and a senior member of An Garda Siochana.

Speaking today, Cllr Kenneth Flood said “we were due to discuss important community safety issues and organise a work plan for the year. It is ironic that one of the community safety issues in Louth is the Garda cutbacks and lack of resources.”

This cancellation comes just 7 weeks after another meeting was cancelled citing the lack of availability of an Garda Siochána. A public meeting was scheduled for 1st December and again, was cancelled at short notice.

Cllr Flood at the time hailed the meeting as “a vital link between the public, the Gardaí and public servants.”

This latest cancellation comes after it was announced that of the 295 newly qualified Gardaí in 2015, just 10 of them will be allocated to County Louth.

Cllr Flood said “while we welcome 10 new Gardaí to County Louth, we have to remember that under this FG/Lab government we are actually down 35 Gardaí. Since 2010 the number of Gardaí stationed in Louth has declined from 314 to just 279.”

This week Sinn Féin launched its Citizen’s Charter for Older People which Kenneth Flood described as setting out “a series of commitments to reverse some of the harshest cuts and restore some dignity and a decent standard of living to our older people. There has been an increase in assaults, burglaries, sexual offences, theft and fraud in 2015 compared to the previous year”.

Cllr Flood concluded “Older people living especially in rural areas have become more isolated as a result of cuts to the telephone allowance, rural transport and home care and many live in fear in their own homes. We need this meeting to take place sooner rather than later and start trying to clean up the mess and chaos that this government have left us in.”

 

Loughran Hits Out at Cancelled Meeting

Jim Loughran 7Friday’s meeting of the Louth Policing Forum had to be cancelled because of a lack of Garda resources.

The meeting between the three Sinn Féin Joint Policing Committee chairs,  Cllr Jim Loughran, Cllr Pearse McGeough and Cllr Kenneth Flood was due to take place with Louth council officials and a senior member of An Garda Siochana.

Speaking today, Cllr Jim Loughran said “we were to discuss important community safety issues and organise a work plan for the year. It is ironic that one of the community safety issues in Louth is the Garda cutbacks and lack of resources.”

This cancellation comes after it was announced that of the 295 newly qualified Gardaí in 2015, just 10 of them will be allocated to County Louth.

“Cllr Loughran said “while we welcome 10 new Gardaí to the county, we have to remember that under this government we are actually down 35 Gardaí. Since 2010 the number of Gardaí stationed in Louth has declined from 314 to just 279.”

This week Sinn Féin launched its Citizen’s Charter for Older People which Jim Loughran described as setting out “a series of commitments to reverse some of the harshest cuts and restore dignity and a decent standard of living to our older people. There has been an increase in assaults, burglaries, sexual offences, theft and fraud in 2015 compared to the previous year”.

Cllr Loughran concluded “Older people living especially in rural areas have become more isolated as a result of cuts to the telephone allowance, rural transport and home care and many live in fear in their own homes. We need this meeting to take place sooner rather than later and start trying to clean up the mess that this government have left us in.”