Joanna Byrne Welcomes Emergency Accommodation Checks

At the December meeting of Louth County Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne tabled a motion calling on LCC to commence unannounced, random spot-checks on all emergency accommodation provided by the local authority to those presenting as homeless.

Cllr Byrne also requested that a summary of these checks be reported to the council monthly in the housing progress report.

Following her motion being passed, Cllr Byrne is delighted to see that these checks are already underway and the first reporting of the same included in the January report.

Cllr Byrne said: “There is an onus on the Local Authority to promote safe and effective service provision to the vulnerable in our society experiencing homelessness. There is a multitude of reasons behind me requesting these checks – to keep the channels of communication open between the local authority and those being placed in emergency accommodation, but mostly to ensure that all of this accommodation complies with building, health and fire safety standards. The safety and wellbeing of people who find themselves in a vulnerable position, is very important.

“In December I welcomed the response from The Director of Service’s for Housing that they were to happy to act on my request and commit to reporting of this on a monthly basis, and one month later I commend the Local Authority on the swift implementation of the same. It is re-assuring to see the importance of these checks being recognised.”

Cllr Byrne has vowed to monitor this going forward and ensure that these checks continue.

Pearse McGeough Welcomes Works at Drumcar Bridge

Pearse at Drumcar bridgeSinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has welcomed funding from the Council to improve safety at Drumcar Bridge.

Cllr McGeough said “I have been highlighting the safety concerns around this bridge for quite some time now and am relieved and pleased that the matter is going to be addressed.”

” As well as the bridge needing improvement safety, with massive HGV’s crossing it I was equally concerned about the surrounds which have a protected structure close by. Hopefully the planned works will resolve the issue. I am waiting for clarification from the Council as to the details of the works planned but am pleased that my persistence on this matter is finally paying dividends.”

Pictured: Pearse McGeough at Drumcar Bridge

Cunningham Welcomes Fibre Broadband For Ardee

IMG_5196 @ ArdeeArdeeSinn Féin councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the news that Ardee is set to become Ireland’s third ‘fibre town’.

Speaking today, Cllr Cunningham said “there will be a fibre connection going into every business premises in Ardee town centre. In today’s world, it is vital for any business to have proper internet access to compete in the business sector and this is a great opportunity for Ardee”.

Cllr Cunningham continued “It is important to remember that in this state small and micro businesses employ 70% of the workforce outside the public sector and those businesses should be supported and encouraged as much as possible. This is good news for Ardee.”

Fibre broadband can deliver speeds of 250Mbs and this programme is being facilitated by Enet, the company that holds the concession to operate two phases of the Irish Metropolitan Area Network (MAN).

The MAN infrastructure is in place in 94 towns and cities across the country, with fibre optic cables delivered directly into premises. Ardee will be the third ‘fibre town’ after Claremorris in Co Mayo and Loughrea in County Galway.

Sharkey Gives Guarded Welcome To Ophthalmology Services At Louth County Hospital

Tomas Sharkey PhotoSinn Féin Louth County Councillor and member of the Regional Health Forum Tomás Sharkey has given a guarded welcome to the information he has received from Margaret Swords, Group Manager – Louth /Meath Hospital Group in relation to the CAWT Ophthalmology project at Louth County Hospital.
Cllr Sharkey has said “Following representations from constituents who are awaiting cataract surgery I once again contacted Margaret Swords, Louth/Meath Hospital Group Manager, for an update on the provision of long promised Ophthalmology services at Louth County Hospital.
“I am giving a guarded welcome to the news in her response that Cataract and other Eye Surgery in Louth County Hospital will commence this month (September). The Ophthalmology service is a cross border initiative supported by CAWT.  There are many people, especially older people, who, I hope, will benefit greatly from this service at their local hospital now that staff and equipment are in place”