Local TD and Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Tourism and Sport, Imelda Munster has quizzed the Chair Designate of Drogheda Port Company, Dr Joseph Hiney, on the company’s unpopular parking scheme and other issues surrounding the company’s future.
"With the formal share transfer of Drogheda Port from the Department of Transport to Louth County Council, we now have a new opportunity to address the many issues the residents of Drogheda have around the port” Deputy Munster said.
She said that she and the Drogheda Sinn Féin Councillors are contacted on a regular basis by people expressing their issues with the port. Deputy Munster put those concerns to Dr. Hiney and asked him for a commitment on resolving them.
“The response was that everything could and would be considered under the public consultation process. I would urge any and all residents of Drogheda and South Louth to have their say during that process” she said.
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“We all know how detrimental to Drogheda it is to have two separate parking regimes in the town centre. We also know how unkempt the North Strand/North Quay area has become.
“With the transfer to Louth County Council we have an opportunity we did not have previously to resolve those issues. But we also need local over-sight and cooperation to ensure local concerns are addressed and I asked that a formal protocol be put in place to ensure cooperation between the local councillors and the port. Be it through a place on their board or a new forum.
“If that cooperation was realised then we could see some of the council motions regarding the port and Boyne estuary over the years finally resolved.
“For example, Cllr Kenneth Flood had a motion passed calling for a bird watch hide on the Boyne Estuary. I asked the port chairman to realise the eco-tourism potential of The Boyne and consider, in conjunction with Louth County Council, a bird watch hide where tourists could view the protected species in the Boyne Estuary.
“I look forward now to the public consultation process and hopefully we will see Drogheda Port prosper and pay a dividend to Louth County Council as its shareholder."