Loughran – These ‘Joyriders’ must be stopped after home damaged

Jim Loughran 7At 3:30am in the early hours of Sunday morning, an elderly couple got a rude awakening when ‘joyriders’, or ‘death drivers’ as they are more commonly known in the north, were speeding past their small cottage in Maxwell’s Row beside the Lisdoo. The driver lost control while doing ‘doughnuts’ and hit their cottage. The driver fled the scene.

Sinn Féin Councillor Jim Loughran called with the couple on Monday morning. Loughran said “they are still very shaken after their ordeal which is understandable. At 3:30am they heard a massive bang and when they got up, a car had lost control while doing doughnuts and hit their home, causing structural damage to the inside and outside of the property.”

Jim Loughran and Sinn Féin Councillor Liz Kimmins (pictured) from Newry held a Liz Kimminsmeeting with Superintendent Gerry Curley last week and this very subject was raised. Loughran explained “we told him how these drivers were causing havoc on both sides of the border. They are intimidating other drivers and we need to get them off the roads. They race along the motorway, go round the roundabouts the wrong way and do doughnuts at different junctions. Sinn Féin are calling for the PSNI and Gardaí to co-operate in taking measures to rid the North Louth/South Down area of this blight.”

An outraged Jim Loughran said “someone is going to get badly hurt or killed. It’s bad enough they are intimidating other road users but now people aren’t even safe in their own homes. We have been very lucky this weekend that the car didn’t go right through the house.”

In the meantime, Gardai have asked if anyone has any information on the incident, to contact them.

Below is a picture of the damage on the outside of the home.

Lisdoo home






Rotting seaweed should be removed from Blackrock beach – Sharkey

SF Tomas Sharkey 3Sinn Féin Louth County Councillor Tomás Sharkey has called on the management of the County Council to remove rotting seaweed from the Blackrock beach area.

“Every few years we get a build up of seaweed on the beach which starts to rot before the next strong tide carries it away. The smell is very strong and takes away from the amenity of the area and the pleasure for residents and visitors.
“Local businesses in Blackrock have been working hard to build up a trade and summer is when they get to reap the rewards. Visitors should not be deterred by this bad smell.
“I have asked management in the council to clear this seaweed. It is not a regular issue and should not take long to do and hopefully the issue can be resolved soon.”
Below are some photos which show the build up of seaweed.
blackrock seaweed 1

Urgent Building Plan Required – Munster

Munster at Moneymore, Drogheda

Munster at Moneymore, Drogheda

Sinn Fein Cllr Imelda Munster has called for an urgent plan to be put in place to ensure the minimum delay possible in rebuilding the 25 houses by North & East Housing in Moneymore, Drogheda.

Commenting Cllr Munster said she had “received confirmation this morning that the tests carried out on the remaining 19 houses in this development have also tested positive for pyrite and will now have to be demolished. It is an awful blow for people who have been waiting 6 and 7 years to be housed and will now have to wait until June 2015 for these houses to be rebuilt and allocated.”

It was confirmed that the demolition of the homes will take 4 to 5 weeks and that the construction firm will start to rebuild straight away. Cllr Munster stated that “whilst demolition is necessary due to the presence of pyrite and to ensure people are not allocated substandard homes, it is none the less frustrating to have to wait another twelve months before the houses are ready to be allocated given that in Drogheda alone we have over 1600 people on the housing waiting lists.”

Imelda explained “the housing and homeless crisis we now face with housing lists growing by the week can only be tackled when the government stops turning a blind eye to this crisis which is affecting people and families from all walks of life. The only way this can be addressed is for the government to roll out a social housing building programme across the state which in turn will also create jobs and employment.”

Sharkey Calls For Review & Report On Ambulance Location Today

SF Tomas Sharkey 3Following today’s tragic event in Marian Park, Dundalk, when 18 year old Conor Bryne collapsed in his garden after taking what appeared to be a massive heart attack but has yet to be confirmed, Councillor Tómas Sharkey has called on the National Ambulance Service to review how ambulance vehicles and crews were configurated today in the area.

The incoming member of the Regional Health Forum has also asked for the response times to the 999 call by both fire and ambulance services to be accounted for. An Irish Corp helicopter landed in the field at the Clanns around 2:20 pm today to airlift the teenager to hospital.

Unfortunately Conor Bryne passed away. Tómas Sharkey, a fervent opponent to the closure and stripping of services of the Louth Hospital said “this is a tragic time for the family and the sympathy and support of the whole community goes out to them.”

Conor Bryne RIP

          Conor Bryne RIP

Adams Calls On Ombudsman To Set Aside Report

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD commenting on the publication of a report by the office of the Police Ombudsman into the attempt on his life in March 1984 has described the Ombudsman’s report as incomplete.

The Sinn Féin leader has called on the Ombudsman to set aside his conclusions until he has had access to British Army files and other pertinent intelligence records.

Mr. Adams said: “Following the publication of several media articles in December 2006 claiming that there was collusion in the gun attack in March 1984 in which I and three others were wounded, I made a formal request to the Ombudsman’s office for this to be investigated.

“The Ombudsman also looked at two other allegations arising from newspaper reports by journalists and not raised by me. These were that the RUC knew of the attack one week in advance ‘due to a Special Branch informant’ and that the bullets were ‘doctored by the authorities to reduce their velocity and dumb them down.’ It rejected both.

The Ombudsman’s report only deals with one of the three areas of concern that I brought to its attention in my letter of 18 December 2006.

The Ombudsman identifies these as:

1.       ‘The RUC or security forces either had prior knowledge of the attack on him or were directly involved in the attempted murder

2.      Chief Constable Jack Hermon refused to acknowledge that Mr. Adams had been shot during a terrorist attack and didn’t issue a certificate to support Mr. Adams’ claim for criminal injuries

3.      RUC officers unnecessarily stopped and searched Mr. Adams’ visitors at the RVH, making him feel like a prisoner rather than a victim of an attack.’

A previous Police Ombudsman had decided that two and three were not ‘grave or exceptional’ and consequently they were not investigated. This was a mistake. For a Chief Constable to refuse to confirm that a person has been shot was shameful and a grave misconduct in public office. It warranted investigation.

Equally the treatment by RUC officers of my family and of visitors to me in the hospital was outrageous and intimidatory. It also deserved to be thoroughly investigated.

The Ombudsman found that my allegation of collusion has not been substantiated.

He says that there was no collusion by the RUC or ‘security forces’. But he did not have access to British Army files or those relating to the Force Research Unit which was the British intelligence agency principally responsible for running agents and informers, like Brian Nelson, within the UDA.

The Ombudsman also acknowledges that there was ‘post intelligence (October 1984)’ that identifies UDA leaders who planned, organised, sanctioned, and supplied the weapons for the attack

He goes on to state that this ‘intelligence was not shared with the investigating officers and as a result there was no further enquiries made in respect of the planning and sanctioning of the attack.’

He does not investigate this or who took this decision.

The Office of the Ombudsman also bases its conclusion that there was no prior knowledge of the attack on the denials of the would-be assassins and the fact that they were captured within minutes of the ambush.

In my opinion this report is incomplete. The Ombudsman should seek access to British Army files and other pertinent intelligence records and set aside his conclusions until this is done.

I will write to him formally asking him to do this.”

Concluding Gerry Adams TD said: “I want to thank the Office of the Police Ombudsman for preparing this report. The length of time it took to prepare and the efforts its staff made to access all information and speak to potential witnesses emphasises the difficulties inherent in investigating actions that took place 30 years ago and where not all relevant British intelligence information is available.”