Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has hit out at Irish Water following their own report released this week acknowledging that they should have acted sooner in their response to the Drogheda water crisis.
The crisis left more than 80,000 homes and businesses without water for up to eight days in July.Cllr Flood said “Irish Water has had years now to learn its lessons when it comes to burst mains, especially in Drogheda, where we had the North Quay Water-main bursting several times a year before finally being replaced. Even then it was only replaced several years after the funding was allocated to do so.”
“We have highlighted problems with response times and communication repeatedly to Irish Water representatives when they came to the Drogheda Municipal District Meetings and through emails and now their own report is another admission that no lessons have been learned.”
“Irish Water is not fit for purpose. It was never fit for purpose. It never will be fit for purpose. It was set up as a cash cow for government cronies. The responsibility for water services should be returned to the local authorities and properly invested in or else all we will get is more of the same from Irish Water.”
Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams described the HSE Service plan for 2017, which was published this week, as “deeply disappointing and insufficient to deal with the crisis in the health service and very directly for the provision of services in Our Lady of Lourdes and mental health provision in the constituency.”
Teachta Adams said:
“My colleague Louise O’Reilly TD recently received a breakdown from the HSE on the use of the full capacity protocol in hospitals across the state. This is the ‘last escalation step in the framework’ used when hospitals, and in particular emergency departments are under severe stress.
The report revealed that Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda has deployed its full capacity protocol 147 times between Jan 1st and November 16 of this year. That means that for almost half of this year (45%) OLOL required the application of the highest state of alert and co-ordination to meet the demands of its emergency department.
For the last two week’s trolley numbers across the state have significantly increased. On a daily basis there have been above 400 waiting in our emergency departments, including OLOL. This week those numbers were well above 500.
In addition, there is no comprehensive plan to ensure the implementation of the state wide maternity strategy; mental health services are only getting the additional €15 million outlined in the Budget which is not enough to provide the service needed and especially the new facilities required at Ladywell in Dundalk; nor is there any provision for additional home help hours which are especially needed in Louth to ensure that hospital beds are not filled as a result of delayed discharges.
The HSE plan will deliver nothing but a continuation of the chaos in our hospitals and the inequality that permeates throughout the health system.
Cllr Munster at the busy junction
Sinn Féin Councillor Imelda Munster has sought an update on progress on the busy Mell junction at this month’s Drogheda Borough Council meeting. A vehicle and Pedestrian Assessment Report was carried out at the request of Councillor Munster at the beginning of the year and took 11 weeks to complete.
The completed report stated that traffic volumes at this junction could be catered for by a priority junction and that land space was available to facilitate those turning right onto the Cement Road.
The acute angle of the approach of the old Slane Road makes the left turn particularly difficult and that land acquisition is required to resolve this issue. The report also states that an improved alignment can be catered for by the provision of a right/left stagger junction subject to the provision of 60kmh transition zone commencing 200m west of the Cement Road junction
Cllr Munster said “this junction needs to be addressed and the necessary works carried out to make it safer for motorists and pedestrians and the works need to be included in the road works programme for 2015.”