HAP Clinic for Ardee?
Independent councillor Jim Tenanty raised the issue of starting a HAP (Housing Assistance Payment) Clinic in Ardee, something Louth County Council have previously stated their intent to provide.
“It is still out intention to hold a HAP Clinic in Ardee and we’re looking at it internally,” Director of Services Joe McGuinness. “I would like to get one in Ardee. We haven’t got to it yet, I will keep members advised.” Clinics are currently available in Drogheda and Dundalk.
EC Charging Parking Space – who is responsible?
Tenanty also raised the issue of why the EC Charging electic car space at the Fair Green had yet to be painted green, in line with other much points across the country. Tenanty has previously raised the issue of other drivers using the space to park, leaving electric car owners unable to charge their car.
Thursday’s meeting saw a dispute over who was actually responsible for painting the space. Council engineer Sean O’Reilly said it was EC Charging, but Tenanty claimed he had contacted the company and they put the responsibility on the local authority.
Officials at Louth County Council have informed the IDA that all six members of the Ardee Municipal District committee want to attend a meeting with the body in Dublin. Louth County Council have asked the IDA about dates and times and are awaiting a reply.
Housing List Increase
Also at Thursday’s meeting, Sinn Fein’s Pearse McGeough queried the monthly rise of on the housing list in Ardee and Mid-Louth. September saw significant decreases in Drogheda (-17) and Dundalk (-24) but there was a rise of 26 housing list applicants in the Ardee Municipal Area for the month.
McGeough was told, “The figures change every month. Some people get houses, some people don’t.”
Local Roadworks Update
Louth County Council engineer Sean O’Reilly was on hand at the meeting to update the assembled councillors on road upgrade work around Ardee. O’Reilly said that safety barriers refurbishment on the N33 and the N2 will be carried out the week after next.
Councillor Tenanty, who chaired the meeting, notified council officials of a bin at the Bank of Ireland on Castle Street that had been set on fire. “Somebody set fire to the bin at Bank of Ireland. The guys can’t open it. It needs to be replaced,” he said.
Taking in Charge
The issue of the council taking in charge of the Kilpatrick housing estate was on the table at Thursday’s meeting. The motion to take in charge was proposed by Colm Markey and seconded by Dolores Minogue. Another housing estate in the taking in charge process at the moment in Cherrybrook, which needs extensive road and pothole repair.
McGeough asked, “It’s going back many years. Can we get a costing of the work that needs to be carried out?” The councillors were told Cherrybrook would not be eligible for the LIS Scheme.
Votes of Sympathy
Sinn Fein councillor Tom Cunningham extended his sympathies to the recently departed Fr William Murtagh in his 99th year. Cunningham said Fr Murtagh, a founding member of Ardee Credit Union, christened all three of his children, the last at the age of 91.
Dolores Minogue offered sympathies to the families of Ardee Concert Band member Anthony McArdle, 1957 All-Ireland winner Jimmy McDonnell and Conor Callaghan, of Dunleer.
Further sympathies were extended to the families of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, Louth man and RTE sports broadcaster Jimmy McGee and Gudderstown man Benny Reilly, who passed away tragically last month.
Jim Tenanty also offered best wishes to all of the Mid-Louth teams competing in county GAA finals this month, as well as Ardee man James McSwiney who is competing in the World Skills competition in the United Arab Emirates this month.