Cllr Flood: 40+ Trolleys in the Boyne, but only 10 fines issued.

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has vowed to continue to tackle the problem of shopping trolleys being dumped in the Boyne.

Cllr. Flood said “In June, during their last clean up, members of the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service took out over 40 shopping trolleys, bikes and other hazards from the Boyne ahead of the Irish Maritime Festival. These trolleys are a serious underwater hazard for swimmers in the river and can also destroy the propellers
on passing boats.”

It is estimated that over 1,000 trolleys have been removed from the river over the past six years.

Underwater Hazzard

Cllr Flood said “Ahead of that clean up I had contacted Louth County Council Litter Warden to ask that he attend so he could photograph the dumped trolleys and issue fines. I recently received confirmation from the Litter Warden that 10 Fines were issued on the back of that clean up, although over 40 trolleys were removed from the Boyne.
But the problem is continuing. Only today I saw trolleys dumped on Shop Street, The North Quay and on the Termonfeckin Road. I intend to raise this issue again at the next Borough District of Drogheda Meeting to request the council again write to supermarket operators to ensure they recover their property before it is dumped and to ensure that any fines issued match the number of trolleys recovered.”

Cllr Flood Calls For Supermarkets to be Pro-active with Trolleys

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has called for Supermarkets to be more pro-active in collection and monitoring their shopping trolleys. This follows a clean-up of the Boyne River by the Boyne Fisherman’s River Rescue Group.

Raising the issue at this month’s Drogheda Municipal Council meeting, Cllr Flood said “I was astounded at the inordinate amount of shopping trolleys that the Group recovered from the Boyne in their recent clean up. I was even more astounded when I was informed that this was only three months’ worth recovered and that they hadn’t even finished yet”.

Praising the Boyne Fishermen’s River Rescue Group, Cllr Flood said they “do a tremendous service putting their lives on the line to rescue people and then go the extra mile doing a huge service to Drogheda by clearing the Boyne like this. There has to be a change in people’s mind sets. Dumping anywhere is unacceptable but dumping for the fun of it in The Boyne is inexcusable”.

“These trolleys are a serious underwater hazard for swimmers in the river and can also destroy the propellers on passing boats. It is estimated that over 1,000 trolleys have been removed from the river over the past six years.”

Cllr Flood called on Retailers to do more to secure their trolleys when they are closed.

Underwater Hazzard


“If this was a once in a while occurrence then it may seem unfair to point the finger at supermarkets but this is a daily occurrence and the supermarkets do not seem to be collecting trolleys at the end of each day from around the town. The Council will be writing to supermarkets to remind them of their obligation to secure their property and also to remind them of the fines they could face if they fail to do so.”

Louth Gov. TDs should support Sinn Féin Dáil motion to ease ED Crisis – Cllr Imelda Munster

imelda photo orangeSinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr Imelda Munster is calling on all Louth TDs to vote in favour of the Sinn Féin’s private members motion, which proposes key actions to ease the crisis gripping our Emergency Departments throughout the state.

The motion will be debated and voted on in the Dáil this week.

Councillor Munster said:

“Sinn Féin’s motion proposes key actions that the Fine Gael and Labour Party government can take to ease the crisis in our emergency departments.”

“People here in our own town have had enough empty promises and bluster, they deserve and want to see results. The crisis faced daily at Our Lady of Lourdes is not new, it continues because Minister Varadkar, supported by Drogheda’s own Deputies Nash and O’Dowd and his colleagues are failing to grasp the frightening scale of the crisis in the health service”

“The people of Louth remember the litany of previous promises; regional centres of excellence, retention of services at Louth hospital, new 100 bed nursing home units. The Taoiseach and two Ministers for Health have completely failed to live up to promises for our health services. We have also seen the previous Fianna Fáil led government stand idly by while Louth County hospital was downgraded.”

“The measures proposed in the Sinn Féin motion are aimed at easing the crisis. INMO trolley watch figures for 2015 are frightening, yesterday we saw 424 people on trolleys, with 33 here in Our Lady of Lourdes. We are calling for the government to increase the number of hospital beds available in the system. This will help get patients off trolleys and into hospital beds in wards where they belong.”

“Sinn Féin has also identified the need to recruit more emergency department nurses. We must increase home help hours and home care packages, to help alleviate the pressure hospitals find themselves under. Funding for the Fair Deal Scheme must be further increased. We need more nursing home beds in order to improve the capacity of public nursing home provision.”

“This motion is about the opportunity to make different choices. I am calling on all Louth TDs to do the right thing and to vote in favour of the Sinn Féin private members motion “



Government failing patients in OLOL Emergency department: Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has accused the government of “failing patients attending Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda”.

The Louth TD’s remarks follow the revelation by the INMO that an elderly patient has been on a trolley for five days and that several others are on their fourth day waiting for a bed.

Gerry Adams said: “This news will surprise no one. OLOL in Drogheda, despite the best efforts of staff and management, does not have the resources needed to cope with the health demands placed on it. Today there were 48 patients on trolleys – the highest number in the state.

There needs to be urgent review of government policy and funding for the Health Service to end the scandal of patients stuck on trolleys in Emergency Departments.”

The Louth TD said:

“In its monthly comparative survey the INMO last week found that Our Lady of Lourdes – at 680 – had the highest levels of overcrowding of any hospital in the state. At the same time there were 6518 admitted patients on trolleys – a 40% increase over the same period last year. This has been the consistent month on month pattern for the last 14 months; with July witnessing the highest ever level of overcrowding recorded.

The crisis in our emergency departments demands an emergency holistic response by government and the necessary resources, including funding and staff to ensure that patient care is not sacrificed to austerity.

This is deeply disturbing and is evidence of the abject failure of government policy in respect of the health service and the care of patients. New measures introduced by the Minister for Health are inadequate and the €74 million additional funding provided several months ago has failed to achieve any significant improvement in Emergency Department trolley numbers.

Urgent action is needed. It should include:

  • Immediate steps to recruit the required additional staff.
  • Additional resources to expand the role of the nurse in the acute care and in enhanced community services.
  • More acute beds and step down facilities must be established.”

Urgent Action needed on Trolleys: Adams

Ard Fheis 8Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has described the ongoing crisis in patients stuck on trolleys in Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda as “symptomatic of all that is wrong with the government’s health policies.”

The Louth TD described last week’s INMO report on trolley figures for May as “deeply disturbing”. He said: “The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in its latest analysis of trolley figures revealed that May was the worst month on record for patients on trolleys. There were 7,713 patients on a trolley for an in-patient bed – up 31% on last year.

These figures are almost double – up 83% – on what they were in May 2006.

And predictably Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda had the second highest number of patients on trolleys of all hospitals in the state. 718 patients were impacted in Our Lady of Lourdes.”

Gerry Adams TD said:

“Last October the government provided an additional €635 million to the HSE.

This was less than half of the €1.4 billion that it had asked for. Several months ago the government provided an additional €74 million to deal with the crisis in the Emergency Departments by attempting to provide additional places in the Fair Deal system for medically discharged patients who are stuck in hospital beds.

Despite the hard work of staff, Our Lady of Lourdes continues to have numbers in the Emergency department that are close to those normally seen in winter time. On Wednesday June 17th OLOL had the worst trolley figures in the state – 36 patients on trolleys.

In recent weeks the media have highlighted two specific cases of citizens born before the 1916 Rising who have endured many hours on trolleys.

Dr James Gray, a consultant in emergency medicine at Tallaght Hospital described as ‘horrendous’ and as a ‘form of torture and a human rights abuse’ the conditions under which a 101-year-old woman was kept.

The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine said patients who have to remain on hospital trolleys for extended periods of time, have suffered an infringement of their human rights and have been subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment.

Clearly government policy needs to change. Urgent action is needed. It should include:

  • Immediate steps to recruit the required additional staff.
  • Additional resources to expand the role of the nurse in the acute care and in enhanced community services.
  • More acute beds and step down facilities must be established.”