Cllr Cunningham: Clogherhead Junction ‘Neglected’

At last week’s Drogheda Borough Council meeting, Sinn Fein Councillor Tom Cunningham described the junction at Drogheda Road in Clogherhead as ‘badly deteriorated and neglected’.

After the meeting Cllr Cunningham said “This junction at Drogheda Road is in desperate need of refurbishment. The road at the junction needs resurfaced and fresh lines need painted. There has been a number of ‘patch jobs’ done on a temporary basis but the time has come now for a more permanent solution. It is a false economy to keep patching it.”

“I have requested that engineers from the Council visit Clogherhead to do a needs assessment on what is, without doubt, the busiest junction in Clogherhead. Let’s get this junction sorted once and for all.”

Photos taken by Annalynn Cunningham

Cllr Cunningham: A Step Forward for Clogherhead Beach Tourism

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has described the erection of a new electronic notice board at the Blue Flag beach at Clogherhead as a step forward for tourism in the area.

Cllr Cunningham said “This new electronic board will provide swimmers with up to date information on the current status of the bathing water and is based on a newly developed prediction model using software which will support the collection of data and deliver that information to the public.

“People can check through an App and through the website which beach would provide the best water quality before making the journey and I am confident that Clogherhead having maintained its ‘excellent’ water quality status for a number of years now, will continue to do so which will encourage more bathers to visit our beach.”

“This is a step forward for tourism and how we promote our beach. It is also an improvement how our bathing water quality is monitored. This project will allow for water sampling and microbial sampling and sends the real time data to a server. As a result, short term pollution can be predicted and the public can be informed through the App, website, text alerts and through this electronic signage. This will promote good management of our beach including protecting public health and help us monitor environmental standards more closely and in a more timely manner.”

The cross border Project has been funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA and is known as the EU SWIM Project and the lead partner is University College Dublin.

Cllr Cunningham said “only one beach was chosen in Louth for this Project and I am delighted that it is Clogherhead. Two other beaches chosen were Enniscrone (Sligo) and Lady’s Bay (Donegal).”

There were six beaches in the North of Ireland chosen: Portrush, Newcastle, Castlerock, Waterfoot, Ballyholme and Ballywalter.

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