Cllr Cunningham: More Resources Needed on ATM thefts

Sinn Fein Councillor Tom Cunningham has said that he is ‘disappointed’ at losing the only external ATM machine in Termonfeckin but he ‘totally understands’ why it has closed.

Cllr Cunningham said “Madden’s Centra shop was the only ATM machine that could be accessed after 10pm at night. Thankfully the one inside the shop will be available during the shop’s opening hours.”

Cllr Cunningham said “I totally understand why Maddens have taken this difficult decision and they have no reason to apologise. The inconvenience to customers and the community is the fault solely of the thieves who are attacking small communities like ours up and down the country.”

There has been a spate of ATM thefts across the country, all of them aimed at businesses in small communities like Termonfeckin. The raids are carried out with stolen heavy plant and machinery and take less than 5 minutes.

Cllr Cunningham said “These robberies are putting businesses like Maddens at risk, they are an attack on small communities that have few enough services as it is. Convenience stores in areas like this are living in fear that they will be next and it’s not fair for any small business to operate in that environment. It’s not good enough that no-one has ever been apprehended for these crimes and every resource needs to be made available to Gardaí for them to combat this scourge on communities.”

“I will be speaking to our TD Imelda Munster to seek assurances from the Minister that there will be dedicated Gardaí assigned to this particular type of crime and that local Gardaí will increase patrols in isolated areas where ATMs may be vulnerable to theft.”

“In the meantime”, Cllr Cunningham continued, “there are things that the community can do. Keep your eyes open for any suspicious activity around ATMs, any strange vehicles in the area and also be aware of heavy plant and machinery moving at night. I would also urge owners of plant and machinery to ensure they are secure and immobilised at night when they are not in use.”

“I wish Maddens all the best and thank them for the service they provide to the community in Termonfeckin.”

If you see any suspicious activity in or around ATMs please phone Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers on freephone 1850 250 025

Cllr Tom Cunningham Appalled at idea of Britain dumping Nuclear waste in Ireland

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed cross-party support for his motion at last night’s Ardee Municipal Council meeting.

Cllr Cunningham was moved to bring the motion before the Council asking that they write to the Minister for the Environment stating its opposition to the proposal by the British Government to dump its nuclear waste at a site in the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion areas.

Cllr Cunningham said “the very idea that Britain or indeed any other country can come here, a country that has no nuclear power stations, to dump their nuclear waste is appalling. It is frightening and wholly unacceptable.”

“Nuclear waste is THE most toxic substance on the planet. It remains radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. During this time, no matter how well they believe it is secured, it still poses deadly threats to life in large surrounding areas. There are so many dangers connected to this proposal. All it would take would be a small earthquake or even a tremor, a human error at the storage facility or in transport across the sea or even a seal on the material to be broken or damaged and the surrounding areas will be contaminated.”

“It’s not hard to see why they don’t want it dumped in their own country!”

Following the passing of his motion, Cllr Cunningham said “we need Minister Bruton to send a very clear message to the British Government that this island is not a dumping ground for Britain’s nuclear waste. And while he is at it, state our opposition to yet another British nuclear plant being built, this time on the Isle of Anglesey which is far too close to this island for comfort. It is unacceptable to the people of Louth (closest neighbours in proximity) and Ireland as a whole.”

 Full text of motion reads: That this Council write to the Minister for the Environment to state its opposition to the proposal by the British Government to dispose of radioactive material in the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion areas and that this Council urges the Minister for the Environment to inform the British Government that the Irish Government and the Irish citizens will not tolerate the disposal of radioactive material at any location on this island. We also ask the Minister for the Environment to state his objection to the construction of a new Nuclear plant on the Isle of Anglesey.

Tom Cunningham Selected for Drogheda Rural

Tom giving his acceptance speech

Councillor Tom Cunningham has been selected by Sinn Féin to run in the new constituency of Drogheda Rural leaving his old stomping ground of Mid Louth. thanks to the recent boundary changes.

Tom was proposed by Cllr Pearse McGeough who said “I was alone in Mid-Louth until Tom Cunningham got elected in 2014 and he has been a great addition to the area and I will miss him. When Tom got elected, the first thing he did was opened a clinic in Ardee and that is there every Saturday morning come rain, hail

Pearse McGeough nominates Tom

or shine. He also enabled me to become Cathaoirleach of the district, something that would not have been achieved without him. He has made a difference in Mid-Louth and I am sure he will do as good a job in Drogheda Rural, they are very lucky to be getting him.”

Tom Cunningham thanked Pearse for all his support and guidance and said “it was a pleasure to work with Pearse and the night Pearse became Cathaoirleach was certainly a night to remember. We broke their pact to keep us out of offices.”

Tom especially wanted to thank his three daughters who were all in attendance. “Those poor girls are dragged to events and

Pearse McGeough and Tom with his 3 beautiful daughters

spend most of their Saturdays with me at the Ardee clinic, and never a word of complaint from them. If they didn’t, I would hardly see them at all and that just wouldn’t be fair. They are always supporting me and cheering me on and I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have their support.”

The three girls proudly cheered as their Dad sat down with the oldest girl Stephanie looking for a hole in the ground in which to put her head.

Tom’s running mate in the area is still to be confirmed. His nomination was seconded by David Cusack from the Tullyallen Cumann which Tom will be working closely with.

Tom & David Cusack

Stephanie Cunningham Donates Hair to Rapunzel Foundation

14 year old Stephanie Cunningham was getting her hair cut for returning to school but decided to start her new school year off by doing something selfless for a child she has never even met nor is likely to meet.

Stephanie, daughter of Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham, donated her long hair to the Rapunzel Foundation after reading about it online two weeks ago.

Her father Tom said “She only told me and her mother what she had decided to do the night before and that was only because she had a list of instructions in her hand and we asked her what they were.”

To donate your hair to the Rapunzel Foundations you have to give your local hairdresser and list of steps to follow.

  • Hair has to be at least 14” when straightened
  • You have to wash, condition your hair the night before and the salon should straighten it on arrival
  • Salon should tie the hair with bobbins along the 14” and then cut above it ensuring hair has bobbins at either end to ensure it stays together
  • Place in a plastic sandwich bag and send to Rapunzel Foundation

14″ Ponytail will be sent to Rapunzel Foundation

Stephanie’s father said “she had it all worked out. Her hair was almost down to her waist so we weren’t sure if she would go through with it as it would be a major change for her but she was determined and her mother and I could not be more proud of her. It is not every teenage girl that could to do something like this especially for someone anonymous but Stephanie did.”

Tom said “Stephanie is a selfless young woman and very determined when she feels something is the right thing to do.  She wouldn’t stand by if someone needed something she had, even her hair. I shouldn’t have been surprised at her doing something like this but she can just leave me speechless sometimes. I’m so proud.”

Before the hair cut

The Rapunzel Foundation helps children suffering from alopecia, a condition that leaves them bald and unable to grow hair. To have wigs made from real hair gives them more confidence in their appearance than synthetic wigs and it is especially important for young people to have wigs that are as realistic as possible, in terms of self-confidence and self-esteem.

The Rapunzel Foundation is located in New Ross County Wexford.

Cllr Tom Cunningham: Ardee Watermain To Be Upgraded

Following the latest water outage on Dublin Road, Ardee, Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham  sought assurances from Irish Water that they would fix the problem permanently and not just do ‘another patch job’.

Cllr Cunningham said “there have been numerous incidences of water disruption as a result of a particular watermain bursting on the Dublin Road in Ardee. Many households are affected each time. I contacted Irish Water asking that they sort this problem once and for all and look into replacing or upgrading this stretch of pipe as it is obviously no longer fit for purpose.”

Cllr Cunningham welcomed the response from Irish Water. “They said funding has been approved to replace the problematic pipe and over the next 6-12 months, Irish Water and Louth County Council will follow the process of a site investigation, design, construction and commissioning. Hopefully between then and now we will have no more problems with this pipe but at least there is an end in sight to the uncertainty that face residents of the area regarding their water supply.”