Monday, October 12, 2009

Official launch of Meals on Wheels for Ratoath

I am delighted to announce the launch of Meals on Wheels today for Ratoath. Meals on Wheels is an incredible service offered by a group of volunteers to people who are in need in their own community.
“It came about whilst having a conversation with Freda, my mother-in-law about Meals on Wheels. She has been heavily involved in Meals on Wheels in Ashbourne. I discovered that there were no Meals on Wheels service in Ratoath and we set about changing that. With a growing list of volunteers and a great deal of support and help from Meals on Wheels Ashbourne we started our service today.”
“Hot Meals are delivered to clients’ homes 3 days a week by our volunteers. Frequently the volunteer may be the only person the client sees all day, providing human contact and a safety net, particularly for those people living alone. We are committed to reducing the isolation experienced by so many elderly.”
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Freda and her team from Ashbourne for all their support in getting our service off the ground.
If there are any people out there who would like to volunteer their services for Meals on Wheels please contact Regina on 087 2680 182.

Pictured in the photo are Cllr. Regina Doherty (Chair of Meals on Wheels Ratoath), Freda Doherty (Chair of Meals on Wheels Ashbourne), Marcus Flanagan (Head Chef) and Jim Flaherty (Volunteer Ratoath)

Friday, October 09, 2009

Major Anger and Frustration at Dental Clinics Suspension

Dental Services in South Meath have all but ceased for the towns of Dunshaughlin, Ratoath and Ashbourne in recent weeks and quite frankly its not acceptable. The HSE through Brendan Drumm and Health Minister Mary Harney have made empty promises about frontline services not being affected by any future cuts. Well our frontline services have definitely been cut

We currently have no Dental services in this district and if I am to be honest Occupational Therapy services and Speech & Language Services have an average of a 2.5 years waiting list. This is not a service that this government could be proud of.

I am calling on the Minister to immediately lift the ban on recruitment for the dental positions needed to restore Dental services to South Meath.

I find it so disconcerting that his government is far more concerned about mortgaging our children’s future to the tune of €54 billion to bail out their developer and banking buddies rather then offer our children the frontline Health Services they not only deserve but require.

This is not the end of this matter and I will ne raising this at our Council Meeting on Monday to seek further action.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Doherty calls for Road Safety Audit for Ratoath

Cllr. Regina Doherty has asked Meath County Council for a road safety audit to be carried out on the new major roundabouts in Ratoath and the new junction between the new Inner Relief Road and the Fairyhouse Road.

Since these new developments were brought into action residents have experienced some very near mishaps. Most recently, a lady with her child in a buggy was very near run over at the roundabout at Tescos due to a large truck turning on the roundabout which quite frankly is too small for the truck to be using. The wheels of her buggy got caught in grass kerb which has been damaged due to the trucks and lorries coming up on to the verge due to lack of “swing” to get around the roundabout.

We have no traffic weight restrictions in Ratoath, therefore all size of trucks and lorries travel through Ratoath every day using roundabouts which could not have been designed for them as they are far too small.

The junction at Fairyhouse Road and the new Inner Relief Road needs to be realigned. The turn right only lane onto Fairyhouse Road from the Inner Relief Road is to close to the junction and needs to be pulled back in order for large trucks and busses to be able to take that turn safely. I see children standing at the traffic lights in their way to school having to stand right back at the wall in order to remain safe.

The safety of pedestrians and road users must be central to any road improvement or realignments plans and we needs these revisited.