Cllr Paul Paul Bell and Ged Nash TD join the Mandate Union workers on the picket line outside Marks and Spencers Drogheda yesterday. Photo: Jimmy Weldon.
Local Labour TD Gerald Nash and his Labour colleague Cllr Paul Bell joined striking Marks & Spencer’s staff on the picket line at their Drogheda store yesterday, Saturday, to offer support and solidarity for their protest at the company’s decision to unilaterally close the workers’ pension scheme. (Read More)
There has been a spate of vandalism of life saving equipment along the river Boyne over the past couple of weeks with life rings being thrown in to the river and even burned.
On Thursday night Drogheda River Rescue had to launch one of their boats to recover seven life rings that had been thrown into the water from the North bank of the river at Mell by ignorant and unthinking thugs.
Several of the containers for life ring holders were set on fire and Drogheda Fire Brigade were called to deal with the fires while Drogheda Gardai were also called to the scene. (Read More)
Christmas spirit alive and well in Rathmullen
Rathmullen Park is by no stretch of the imagination one of Drogheda’s wealthier suburbs but the people living there have a very valuable asset – a great community spirit. This Christmas that spirit is being harnessed to make sure that none of Drogheda’s children goes without.
At the heart of this community is the Rathmullen Community House at number 229 who, for the past few years, have been dispensing information, advice on problems both financial and personal, running training courses, summer outings and developing a communal garden. (Read More)
A Borough Council dog foul box. Not enough dog owners are using them but nobody has been fined for not doing do.
The daily obstacle course of trying to avoid deposits of dog’s poo on our footpaths is in the news these days with the campaign to Keep Our Streets Clean of Dog Fouling gathering momentum and support all the time.
Recently Drogheda Councillor Frank Maher asked Borough officials how many people had been fined for not cleaning up after their pets and was shocked to be told that, even considering the high profile campaign, Drogheda Borough Council has issued no fines for dog fouling so far this year. (Read More)
I recently had a chat to local architect Emmet Humphreys whose office in West End House is not too far from Narrow West Street and who has come up with an interim low cost way of kick starting the regeneration of the street
This comes from consultation with the traders in the area during which he parked two words – cost and pedestrianisation. Talking about cost would inhibit the discussion and pedestrianisation is a divisive subject in the street, he explained. (Read More)
11.5% drop in Drogheda live register figures is 5th largest in country
Unemployment rate at its lowest level in three and a half years.
Figures published today by the Central Statistics Office show that the national unemployment rate has fallen for the 17th consecutive month and the numbers on the Live Register in the Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath has dropped by 11.5% - the fifth largest fall in the country. (Read More)
Responding to criticisms of his remarks on the Smithwick report Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth, Gerry Adams has released the following statement:
“I am very conscious that at the heart of this issue are two bereaved families. I did not need reminded of this by any of my political opponents and I am concerned, as I was during the Newstalk interview, not to say anything which detracts from that or which causes any further hurt. That was never my intention.
Gerry Adams TD.
What I said reflects what is recorded by Justice Smithwick. So those who attack me are at odds with what is contained in the Smithwick report. (Read More)
Back in April this year the Drogheda Civic Trust (DCT) received planning permission to build a bandstand in Dominic’s Park on the Rathmullen Road but not everyone is looking forward to it becoming a reality.
Shane Mc Gowan is a resident of Rathmullen Road and he says that he and other residents for whom he can speak, were not consulted adequately during the planning process and that they have serious worries about the proposed bandstand most of which concern the lack of parking and toilet facilities at the park. (Read More)
Deputy Gerald Nash.
Labour TD Gerald Nash has called on fellow Louth TD, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, to apologise to the families of RUC officers Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan for comments he made on radio and in the Dáil following the publication of the Smithwick Tribunal’s report into Garda collusion in their murder by the Provisional IRA in March 1989.
Deputy Nash said that, rather than display an element of humility in response to yesterday's Smithwick report, Adams' immediate reaction has been “...to split hairs over the extent of the clear and obvious collusion between individual members of An Garda Siochana and the IRA in these murders” (Read More)
Mark Mellett, head of Fundraising at the Irish Cancer Society, receives a cheque €56,554.64, the proceeds of fundraising efforts by Irish Cancer Society-Drogheda volunteers during 2013. Pictured are (from left) Vicki Mathews, Grainne Lally Black, Mark Mellett, Karen Healy, Lizanne Allen, Mary Convery, Niamh Matthews, Rebecca Doherty and Jean Coulter.
Forget grey, it’s so dull darlings! It was a case of fifty shades of pink
on Sunday in West 29 Restolounge when the bright young ladies of the Irish Cancer Society-Drogheda hosted their third Annual Pink Santa Lunch. Even Santa was dressed in pink for the occasion during which the proceeds of their fundraising efforts for 2013, a whopping €56,554.64, was presented to the Irish Cancer Society. (Read More)
Cllr. Ciarán McKenna.
The Drogheda Socialist Party has called on the council to immediately draw down the bond put up by bankrupt developer Menolly Homes to get Drogheda’s Riverbank estate completed.
“We are calling for the remainder of the developer's bond to be sequestered by the Council immediately and for that money to be put to use to complete the outstanding works” said Socialist Councillor Ciarán McKenna.
“The developer has had 14 years to complete this estate and is, inexcusably, still dragging its heels, displaying extreme disrespect for the residents of the estate, the elected representatives of the town and the Council. (Read More)
Deputy Gerald Nash & Minister Jan O'Sullivan launching the home renovations tax incentive.
Gerald Nash TD has said a new tax relief for home renovation and maintenance work offers a win- win for both homeowners and construction workers.
He explained, "Homeowners will be offered tax relief of 13.5% when they spend up to €30,000 on renovation and maintenance work in their home, provided they use a tax-compliant contractor.
"Homeowners can also aggregate small jobs together in order to reach the threshold. (Read More)
Cllr. Frank Maher.
Many drivers have been annoyed after being caught out by the fact that both Drogheda Borough Council and Drogheda Port Company, charge for on-street parking in Drogheda depending on where you park.
The fact that you pay in a Council meter does not permit you to park in an area controlled by the Drogheda Port Company and vice-versa and many’s the visitor and indeed local driver has been fined even though they have bought a ticket.
This week Cllr. Frank Maher has voiced his anger on the situation calling it ridiculous and saying that the two bodies should accept each other’s parking tickets. (Read More)
This fine photo was sent to us by amateur photographer Vaidotas Maneikis. You can see more of his work on his facebook page www.facebook.com/VaidotasManeikisPhotography.
What a fantastic few days it’s been for the children (of all ages) of Drogheda. The Drogheda Christmas Bonanaza has been a great success and has built up a great atmosphere in the town. Never before have there been so many Santas and little helpers in evidence. Yesterday the Fair Street car park was full to overflowing with them and it was quite a bizarre sight. (Read More)
Drogheda Tidy Towns Committee Chair, Eddie Phelan.
Drogheda in top three large tourism towns
Fáilte Ireland recognises community-wide efforts
The Chair of Drogheda Tidy Towns Committee, Eddie Phelan, has revealed that the judges in the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns awards were “blown away” by Drogheda. He says we need to get the message out that Drogheda is “... a proud tourism town, waiting to welcome visitors.”
“It was amazing to see Drogheda in the top three large towns alongside globally-recognised tourism destinations Kilkenny (the overall winner) and Westport” he said. (Read More)
HSE funding shortfall creating huge problems for day care service
Ann Shortt of the Drogheda Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, has issued a call to the people of Drogheda to support them in their fund raising efforts in support of their day care centre at St. Laurence’s Gate where they provide a five day service even though their HSE funding only covers them for 2/3 days a week. (Read More)
A banner which was hung from the railway bridge at Newfoundwell last night naming an individual as being involved in the illicit drugs trade has been described as a “Veiled threat” and “extremely disconcerting” by local man Kenneth Flood.
Mr. Flood told Drogheda Life he was driving home from work at approximately 8:30pm last night (Friday Nov 11) when he was forced to brake suddenly to avoid a collision as the car in front of him suddenly stopped in front of the railway bridge on The Newfoundwell Road. (Read More)
Drogheda Museum at Millmount has been awarded full accreditation status by the Heritage Council of Ireland, the first time such an honour has been bestowed on a community museum run by volunteers.
On Thursday evening last, 28th November, the Old Drogheda Society hosted a celebration of the awarding of Full Accreditation status to Drogheda Museum Millmount under the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland run by the Heritage Council. (Read More)
Cian McCole from Woodlands in Dunleer helped Santa to get the Drogheda Christmas Bonanza underway yesterday aided by his Mam Glenda and Dad Liam and the Mayor Richie Culhane.
For most people the Christmas season doesn’t start until the Christmas lights are switched on and so it is always a big night out when it happens.
Last night was no exception and the excitement began to build at about 6.30 as families gathered to soak up the atmosphere of festive music and carols outside St. Peter’s Church in West Street. (Read More)
Volunteers from St. Oliver’s Community School Ciara Nolan, Luke Carroll, Valerie Radford and Carla Keating collecting food donations today at Tesco Extra in Drogheda with their teacher Una McKevitt (right), Richie Kirwan of Tescos (left), Linda Flynn and Alan Clarke of Drogheda Lions Club.
Drogheda Lions Club launched their annual Christmas Food appeal today and this year Tesco are getting behind their efforts to make Christmas better for some of the town’s neediest people. (Read More)