Cllr Kenneth Flood – We couldn’t prolong the parking pain

At a special meeting on the parking bye-laws this evening in Drogheda, Sinn Féin Councillors voted to end the parking pain that has plagued Drogheda since March this year.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Kenneth Flood said “To be absolutely 100% Crystal Clear , the Sinn Féin group are in favour of €1 parking rates in parts of Drogheda. However, if we had proposed that tonight the parking bye-laws would have had to go back out to public consultation and the current no fee parking debacle would continue for several more months.”

“Businesses have told us they will not survive much longer as their trade has dropped 40% – 50% since the pay parking regime in Drogheda fell. Residents around Windmill Road , Cord Road and elsewhere cannot park anywhere near their houses. That would continue for several more months if we had not passed the parking bye-laws tonight.”

“It was a hard call but we had to make it to end the current parking nightmare for residents and businesses alike. We spoke in favour of the €1 fee this evening. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.”

“We have now finished 1 of 3 parking specific special meetings with the Chief Executive to resolve all of the parking issues that face Drogheda. The parking fee is firmly on the agenda among other just as important issues.  We are not interested in a single issue to grab a headline, we are interested in a long-term solution to the parking fiasco. We want to and we’re going to sort out all of the parking issues that face Drogheda.”

“I must reiterate, we could not in good conscience prolong this disaster by months knowing that we had another option, through the special meetings, to address the parking fees.”

Flood Welcomes Licence for Medicinal Cannabis for Chronic Pain

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed the first granting of a licence for medicinal cannabis for chronic pain as a progressive step in accessing cannabis based medicines in Ireland.

Councillor Flood said “In June this year I had a motion passed at Louth County Council calling on the government  to ‘introduce legislation that would legalise the use of medicinal Cannabis in the treatment of patients with specified medical conditions which have failed to respond to all other previous treatments’. That is exactly what has happened in this case and I welcome that.”

“It is also very welcome news that Ava Twomey is able to return home from Holland after being prescribed the medical cannabis. This is overdue and at least now the family can be re-united and Ava can be at home where she will obviously be more settled.”

“The issue of medicinal cannabis is one of which there are a wide range of views and opinions. However, it should always be looked at from a medical and health perspective and we should always defer to the medical experts and patients advocacy groups on such issues.

“Legislating for medicinal cannabis in Ireland has proven complex. However, I am hopeful that all the Parties in the Dáil can reach agreement on this issue and there will be wider availability of medicinal cannabis in the near future.”