Louth County Council say they are open to meeting with a number of local councillors during the design process of the new one-way traffic system at Dowdallshill graveyard.
Tuesday’s meeting of the Dundalk Municipal District heard that, following on from a question from councillor Sean Kelly, the proposed new traffic management plan – including what is likely to be a one-way system – was currently being drafted. Cllr Kelly asked whether councillors could be invited in to see the design so far and offer feedback.
Senior Engineer Mark Johnston said that they were drawing up a traffic management plan for the graveyard and a meeting was something he could accommodate.
It was decided that Cllr Kelly along with colleagues Conor Keelan, Maeve Yore and Edel Corrigan would be consulted by officials on the design. The four councillors are part of a working group formed at Municipal level connected to the annual Blessing of the Graves event at Dowdallshill.
“I asked that the Councillors be consulted on this proposal before any decision is made to ensure it is consistent with the feedback that members of the public have given,” Cllr Kelly said after the meeting.
“Any decisions such as this need consultation from the elected officials. We are ones who are receiving complaints about busy days in the graveyard such as Christmas and New Years where there is total traffic gridlock and a place which should be a haven of harmony and peace turns into a frustrated and at times hostile environment.”
In January, the local representative said something must be done to implement a one-way system as angry clashes and stand-offs between drivers were affecting those who visit the graveyard to remember family members and friends.