Thursday, June 24, 2010

Steeplechase Relief Road in Ratoath to Open


“I warmly welcome the announcement that the inner relief road at Steeplechase is to open shortly. This will bring a large amount of traffic out of Ratoath Village and make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike.”

“ This particular are in Ratoath is steeped in history and I think a suitable name should be given to this road. I have written to The Ratoath Heritage Group to inform them of the road opening and asked them to put on their thinking caps to come up with a suitable suggestion for the road name.”

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Recruitment ban lifted for Traffic Wardens

Cllr Regina Doherty, Chairperson of Meaths Joint Policing Committee has today welcomed the lifting of the recruitment ban to allow Meath County Council replace the recent loss of 3 Traffic Wardens to our South Meath Schools.


“ With the recruitment ban in place and the loss of staff members over the past year we were left in a position where 3 of our schools in Dunshaughlin and Rathregan were left with no Traffic wardens to assist children and parents alike crossing the roads.  The lifting of this ban allows us to recruits new people to these positions and return to a safe environment for our school going children.”

“ I would like to pay particular tribute to the MCC outdoor staff who assisted in filling in for these roles over the past year, it is a credit to them for their commitment to their jobs and to the people of South Meath.”

Safety at Meaths schools is particularly relevant to the JPC as one of the objectives of our work plan for 2010  is to improve safety outside Meaths schools and Traffic Wardens are paramount to this.”

Meath County Council, Local Politicians and Chambers of Commerce join forces to market South Meath

At a meeting hosted by Meath County Manager, Tom Dowling, a decision was taken by MCC, Ashbourne, Ratoath and Dunshaughlin Chambers of Commerce and local politicians, to join forces with a view to promoting South Meath as a perfect choice for new business to invest and set up.

“The past few years have been spent investing in the infrastructure required by investors. The M2 and M3 are now fully operational, our close proximity to Dublin city and the airport provides accessibility with ease, our broadband capabilities are top of the range for business users and our highly educated residents/workforce are ready to be tapped in to.  All that’s left for us to do is to sell our product – South Meath”

“To that end we have agreed to join forces with Kevin Stewart and his Economic Development Team in Meath County Council to seek presentations with Enterprise Ireland and the IDA to promote our area and their area of choice when bring suitable investors to Ireland”

“I am quite sure that once we have the opportunity to sell our area to these promoting bodies that we will see positive results in the form of new jobs for the people of Ashbourne, Ratoath, Dunshaughlin and Dunboyne.”    

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gaelscoil Ráth Tó appoint first teacher and announce new home

Cllr Regina Doherty has warmly welcomed the appointment of Ms. Tricia Ní Mhaolagáin to the position of first teacher at Gaelscoil Ráth Tó. We have finalised a deal with Ratoath Community Centre who are renting us accommodation there for our school for its first year. The school will be opening on Monday 30th of August.
“We are all getting very excited now as everything is coming together as planned. We have our teacher, our pupils and now our accommodation – all we need is for the Minister for Education and Skills to give us recognition from her department”

“We are still accepting registrations for the 2010 academic year, which can be sent to us at gaelscoilrathto@gmail.com. Also, as we are receiving no state funding this year we are on a major fundraising drive so any donations or assistance are very welcome.”

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Figures claim Meath has 61 times zoned land it needs for houses

Bid to begin dezoning land throughout the county
Taken from the Meath Chronicle 19th May 2010 by Paul Murphy

A drive to slash the amount of land rezoned for housing purposes throughout Meath - where there is up to 60 times more land for residential use than is needed - will begin next Monday when a councillor will call on colleagues to "face up to the fact that the county is over-zoned for housing".
Fine Gael Cllr Regina Doherty, who was elected to Meath County Council last summer, said there was "justified criticism" of councils throughout the country which zoned land "for favours done". She said that vast tracts of land should never have been rezoned from agricultural use in the first place.
There has been widespread criticism of the practice in the past, including by a High Court judge who said a number of years ago that Meath County Council had paid scant attention to the Greater Dublin Area Strategic Planning Guidelines (SPGs) when it rezoned land for an "enormous population increase". Mr Justice John Quirke found the guidelines were barely considered at all in the scramble to satisfy landowners and developers.
In one recent survey, Meath was found to be one of the worst offenders when it came to rezoning. It has sufficient land rezoned for 124,173 homes but only needs 2,023 - 61 times the demand.
Meath was followed by Waterford (40 times), Louth (38), Monaghan (26) and South Tipperary (17). In the first three months of 2010, just over 500 homes were built in the top five counties. They have land zoned for more than 250,000.
Meath County Council has disputed figures on land rezoning published in a national newspaper. However, the newspaper said it had based its survey on statistics supplied by the Department of the Environment, and the Department has said it is supplied with the figures by individual county councils.
Cllr Doherty said yesterday (Tuesday) that, since being elected to Meath County Council last year, she had been involved in just two planning debates and decisons - the Dunboyne/Clonee/Pace Draft Local Area Plan 2009-2015, and a piece of industrial land off the Ballybin Road.
"From what I have seen, Meath is vastly over-zoned. We have an awful lot more land zoned for housing than we have a requirement for houses," she said. At a meeting of the Dunshaughlin Area Committee of Meath County Council earlier this week, Cllr Doherty tabled a motion aimed at dezoning of land.
However, she withdrew her motion because she said it might have legal implications for the council but said that she will be submitting a fresh motion on the subject at next Monday's area meeting.
She said she will present a motion, backed by Cllr Niamh McGowan, that the Dunshaughlin local area councillors recommend to the full council that some or all of the lands zoned residential in Ashbourne, contrary to the recommendation of the county manager after the publication of the draft Local Area Plan, should be rezoned to their pre-draft designation and that the public consultation process to bring effect to this should commence immediately.
The councillor said that she wanted to go into "the why and wherefores" of why land was rezoned for housing when there was no obvious requirement for the amount of housing being projected. She said she had started with Ashbourne but would hope to move on to Dunboyne which, she said, also was "hugely over-zoned".
Cllr Doherty said that when the Dunshaughlin area meeting was held earlier this week, officials had "put every obstacle in my way" in her push to start the dezoning process. She said they had made the point that the council does not yet have a policy on dezoning of land, and that a policy could only be formulated following discussion in the council.
In relation to the rezoning of land in Ashbourne, she said: "It is obvious to anyone why land was rezoned - the land was rezoned for favours done. It should never have been rezoned in the first place. People need to stand up today and say why land that has been rezoned should be retained in that status, and not dezoned. We will all be obliged in September to dezone land when the minister brings in a new law. I have seen that Kerry County Council has moved on this already - they should be proud of themselves for correcting the mistakes that were made."

Gaelscoil Rath Tó supporters 'gutted' by Dept recognition 'no'

Gaelscoil Rath Tó supporters 'gutted' by Dept recognition 'no'
taken from the Meath Chronicle 19th May 2010 by Paul Murphy

A decision by the Department of Education and Science not to give recognition to Gaelscoil Ráth Tó which is due to open in September has left the establishing committee of the school, local parents and supporters "gutted", a Dunshaughlin area county councillor has said.
A local committee had been established in Ratoath to push the project forward but there has been widespread disappointment that the Department has failed to issue recognition in time for September this year.
Cllr Regina Doherty told members of Meath County Council that there was a definite need for, and support for, the concept of a gaelscoil in Ratoath. Other Gaelscoileanna in Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin and Ashbourne had "completepy overstretched" their capacity to take in any more pupils, she said.
Meath County Council passed a unanimous resolution at its May meeting "supporting and applauding the work of the establishing committee of Gaelscoil Ráth Tó and calls upon the Tanaiste and Minister for Education and Skills to immediately recognise Gaelscoil Ráth Tó which will be opening in September 2010".
Cllr Doherty was supported at the council meeting by Cllrs Joe Bonner, Nick Killian, Maria Murphy and Jim Holloway. Cllr Killian said he fully supported the efforts of the team pressing for the new school in Ratoath. He said he felt the difficulty with the Department was a technical one and held out the prospect that Departmental recognition would come.
Cllr Murphy said that matters in regard to education would "have to change".
She said: "Parents have to fight so hard to get education for their children. They are being knocked down at the first hurdle. It is a shame that the Department is not giving recognition and I would hope that it would change its mind by September."
Cllr Holloway said the efforts by the community to provide a new school "represents one of the better things in this country when people get together to follow this worthy objective".
Cllr Doherty said that Meath's local representatives had sent out a very strong message to the Department by endorsing the motion that the wishes of parents should be heeded in the provision of education in Ratoath. "The Tanaiste and Minister for Education and Skills should act now to ensure that Irish-medium education is provided in Ratoath with the full support of her Department by granting recognition to Gaelscoil Ráth Tó," she said.
Cllr Doherty said the proposed school had 135 students on its roll. There had been a review by the Department last year of the 43 locations around the country in line for gaelscoileanna. However, that number had been brought down to nine and it had now emerged that Ratoath was not among them.
"We thought we were going to have a school in September", she said. "The money had been collected with the grest support of the whole community. To our deep dismay, we had word from the Department that the only criteria used in assessing the need for schools was demographic. We were told that we did not have enough children to justify the school. We were gutted," she said.
Backers of the proposed new school are hopeful that the recognition will come by September next year but, in the meantime, they have been encouraged by a number of Gaelic organisations and gaelscoil authorities from other areas to go ahead with the project without Departmental approval.
At one public meeting in the Ratoath Inn, parents reached a consensus to proceed with the opening of the school in September this year without Departmental recognition. It is now planned to open the school in the local GAA centre next September.

• Getting Ireland Working Again

Public meeting held in Kelly's Lounge, Ashbourne 18th May 2010


Simon Coveney TD, Cllr. Regina Doherty and Dr. Leo Varadkar TD
The Government’s visionless policy of “writing whatever cheques are necessary” to bail out delinquent banks, and then finding the softest targets to cut the Budget deficit is not fair and is not helping people get back to work.

This strategy may win plaudits from powerful interests in the financial markets whose only concern is that they get bailed out of their bad investments in Irish banks, but it sells our people and their future prosperity short.

o Government policies will lead to the loss of a further 70,000 jobs in 2010 – a total loss of almost 300,000 jobs in the three years since it was re-elected.

o The unemployment rate has tripled to 13.4% - the second highest in EU.

o 432,500 were on the dole in April – record figures.

o Those under 34 years of age have suffered 85% of the job losses.

o And 82,998 people under 25 are on the dole, with tens of thousands more forced to emigrate to find work.

At its core, the government’s strategy is about battening down the hatches and protecting a circle of powerful interests that help sustain its power, while freezing out a younger generation who have yet to get a foothold on the economic ladder. Brian Cowen’s “bubble economy” has resulted in sky high personal debt matched with deteriorating national competitiveness.

Fine Gael has a very different approach to fixing the economy, focused on job creation and protection. We understand that we cannot fix the banks and the public finances unless we also fix the jobs crisis. Our plan for “Getting Ireland Working Again” would create and protect 175,000 jobs.

Instead of increasing taxes, as the Government proposes, we would immediately cut taxes on jobs and struggling sectors of the economy. We would abolish the €10 travel tax for tourists, cut VAT on home extensions and refurbishments, hotels and restaurants and cut PRSI for 1.7 million jobs.

Instead of borrowing billions more to bail out Anglo Irish Bank, as the Government proposes, we would use the same money to start a new National Recovery Bank to ease credit conditions for families and small businesses.

Instead of slashing investment in vital infrastructures, as the Government proposes, Fine Gael’s “NewERA” plan would create 105,000 jobs through an €18 billion upgrading of the clogged arteries of our economy – water, broadband and energy – paid for in part by selling assets that the State no longer needs. Economic commentator Eddie Hobbs described it as “the best thought out strategy in town”.

Instead of encouraging idleness, dependency and poverty for younger unemployed people, we would use the social welfare budget to expand second chance education, training and internship opportunities.

Instead of more cuts in pay for low- and middle-income workers, as the Government proposes, we would help small businesses, exporters and inward investors by forcing down high prices for rent, electricity, transport and professional services.

Our plan to tackle youth unemployment forms part of Fine Gael’s Jobs and Competitiveness strategy alongside our NewERA plan to provide an €18 billion stimulus to the economy by retooling or selling off some of the existing semi-state companies and by setting up new ones to invest in broadband, green energy and water, A Fresh Start for Jobs and Small Business our eighteen point plan to reduce the cost of doing business, and our proposal to establish a National Recovery Bank to get credit flowing to business and consumers. To cut the cost of labour we have recently proposed a Jobs Tax Cut which involves reducing both rates of employers PRSI which we estimate will create or save an additional 30,000 jobs

Our objectives are two-fold:

• To reduce the numbers of young people signing on to the live register by one third over the next year; and

• To ensure that young people who are not in work, education and training do not become a lost generation but instead are provided with the skills and tools they need to take up employment when the recovery comes

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Council Must Get Serious with Unauthorised Developments along the N2

Following an update of the unauthorised developments along the N2 to the Dunshaughlin Area Council, Cllr. Regina Doherty had commented that it is time for Meath County Council get serious with anybody in breach of the Planning and Developemnt Act, 2000.

There are a large number of unauthorised developments operating all along the N2 some of which have been there for 7 years or more.  Whilst I appreciate that there is a legal process to be followed there are some developments where we have not even managed to serve a notice on yet even though they are there for more than 3 years.

This sends out completely the wrong message to all the law abiding people who apply for planning in the correct manner, some of which find it extremely difficult to secure planning even on their own land.

It was was also mentioned at yesterdays meeting the Meath County Counicl are actually collecting Commercial Rates from some of these developments.  I am putting down a Notice of Question to the Manager for Junes Council Meeting to seek clarification on this matter.  It would beggar belief that we would be collecting rates from unauthorised developments thus giving them validity whilst pursuing then through the courts.

8 Estates Prioritised for Taking In Charge for 2010


Cllr Regina Doherty has welcomed the decision to prioritise the following estates to be Taken in Charge by Meath County Council during 2010:
Moulden Bridge – Ratoath, Fox Lodge Woods – Ratoath, Tudor Grove – Ashbourne,  St. Johnswood – Ashbourne, Grange Hall – Dunshaughlin, Coldericks Pass – Dunshaughlin, Plunkett Hall – Dunboyne & Lutterall Hall – Dunboyne
 
The council has taken the initiative to instigate the taking in charge process and this is to be welcomed.

Level of Amenity & Lawnmower Grants a Real Slap in the Face to residents of South Meath

Cllr Regina Doherty has described the amount of amenity and lawnmower grants considered today at the Dunshaughlin Area Meeting as a real slap in the face for the 100’s of residents associations who care for and maintain the green areas of all our villages and estates. 

€4,600 was shared among the applicants for amenity grants today along with €345 allocated in lawnmower grants.  This is a real insult to the people of South Meath.  Meath County Council do not have a Parks Departments and as such we are tasked with supporting residents to carry out the work in lieu themselves.

Whilst I appreciate that the Councils’ Annual Budget is dwindling due to the economic climate, we must pay more respect to the hundreds of people carrying out this work.   

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Entrance for St. Olivers Park and The Pines, Fairyhouse Road

A new safer entrance for St. Olivers Park and The Pines is currently underway. It will involve realigning
the road and entrance. This will ensure that motorists and pedestrians will be safer and as part of this project traffic lights / safe crossing will be erected from here to Conways Spar shop.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Emergency Water Supply Conservation Notice

Meath County Council wishes to inform consumers in Ashbourne, Curragha, Ratoath, Dunshaughlin & surrounding areas that consumers in these areas may experience a reduced level of water pressure due to some technical problems that occurred over night at the production plant at Curragha.  Our engineers are currently working to resolve this fault. It may take sometime before normal service is restored to all areas.

  We urge all consumers to conserve water at all times particularly during the next few days.

Meath County Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Housing Adaption Grant Scheme Re-opens

Housing Adaption Grant Scheme Re-opens

Meath County Council Housing Department has announced the re-opening of the following Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes from today, the 4th May 2010 said Cllr. Regina Doherty.
• HOUSING ADAPTATION GRANT FOR PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY
• HOUSING AID FOR OLDER PEOPLE
• MOBILITY AIDS HOUSING GRANT SCHEME
Please note as there is limited availability of funding only applications received during the period 4th May 2010 and the 30th June 2010 will be considered.
The limited funding will be allocated to applicants on the basis of priorities drawn up by the Council in respect of each of the three schemes, with the top priority relating to applicants who are terminally ill or fully/mainly dependant on family or carer; or where alterations/adaptations would facilitate discharge from hospital or alleviate the need for hospitalisation in the future. The Council will be guided by the professional opinion of an Occupational Therapist in affording priority to applications received under the schemes.
A single dedicated phone line is being set up to allow persons to leave their names and addresses to request application forms for any of the three Grant Schemes, which will then be sent out without delay. The dedicated Phone Line Number in respect of applications for the above grants is: (046) 9097295.
Only receipt of a fully completed application form with all required supporting documentation will deem an application valid for assessment to the Housing Department
I would encourage anyone eligible to apply for this funding as soon as possible. If anyone requires assistance with their application please do not hesitate to contact me on 01-8257204  said Cllr. Doherty
Application forms and further details in respect of the three grant schemes can be downloaded from www.meath.ie from the reopening of the scheme on 4th May 2010 at http://www.meath.ie/LocalAuthorities/Housing/HousingForms/ . Application forms and further details can also be obtained from the Council Offices or Area Offices from the 4th May 2010.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Where are our Extra Gardai.......

After two very serious assaults and robberies in Ratoath village over the last few days, I am calling on local TD Mary Wallace and Minister for Justice Dermot Aherne to honour their promise of last year and deliver the 2 extra Gardai to Ratoath.

1 year ago to great aplomb Mary Wallace delivered 4000 leaflets detailing the 2 extra Gardai she had secured for Ratoath from Minister Dermot Aherne. Well we are still waiting Mary.

2 people were very seriously injured, one remaining in hospital along with over €8000 robbed during one raid. The local Gardai are a fantastic team and do our community a great service but there quite simply are not enough of them.

Originally we, the residents of Ratoath were seeking our own Garda station. For a population of over 8000 we didn’t think this unrealistic, but in lieu of this Mary Wallace told us she secured us 2 extra Community Gardai for Ratoath. Well now it’s time to deliver before anybody else gets seriously hurt.

As Chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee in Meath, one of our main objectives this year is the build on the already existing team of Community Gardai and the fantastic work they do. Its very hard to do that with a diminishing workforce.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

And they're off




Pictured at the launch of their official campaign for recognition from the Department of Education for Gaelscoil Ráth Tó, Fine Gael Cllr. Regina Doherty urges Minister Mary Coughlan to have her department reconsider our application and provide recognition to Gaelscoil Ráth Tó before the schools opens this September.

The Establishing Committee of Gaelscoil Ráth Tó was set up 20 months ago to pursue the choice of an Irish medium education for the children of Ratoath.  We campaigned all during this time for recognition from the department of Education to open in September 2010.  Ratoath was short listed to 9 areas nationally that would require a new school in either 2010, 2011 or 2012. In February this year the department refused our application and we were gutted.

 It is particularly disappointing that the medium of the Irish-language was not taken into consideration for providing educational choice in Ratoath. Not one new Gaelscoil has been recognised by the Department for the school year beginning September 2010 despite plenty of applications.

Our establishing committee along with the support from Gaelscoileanna, Comhluadar, Glor na Gael and  Foras Patrunachta to name but a few  are taking the necessary steps to open Gaelscoil Ráth Tó this September 2010 without Departmental recognition. 

The backing of the local community has been superb and in particular I would like to thank Aintree Grand National winning jockeys, Barry Geraghty, Paul Carburry, and Robert Power along with Nina Carburry and Ruby Walsh who have been hugely supported of our plight in recent weeks.

We feel we are being forced into making this decision by the Department as there is a lack of Gaelscoileanna places available in neighbouring towns. It is grossly unfair that the people of Ratoath are being deprived of this educational choice and it boils down to a question of language rights for the community.


Tonight we are launching a nationwide campaign for language rights for communities just like Ratoath, we will be contacting and communicating with all forms of media in relation to our story in Ratoath.  The last Gaelscoil that was given recognition by the Department of Education was in 2008.

We are asking that the Minister of Education gets her department to reconsider their and give Gaelscoil Ráth Tó the recognition we need before we open our doors this September.

Anybody wishing to register the child to attend Gaelscoil Ráth Tó should contact 087 3328650 or email gaelscoilrathto@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CALLING ALL BMX’ers

Shea McNally from Meadowbank Hill and I are currently
investigating the options available to create a permanent BMX race track in Ratoath to cater for the growing interest of BMX cycling in the area.
BMX racing is derived from Motocross, it’s Bicycle Racing on specially prepared dirt tracks over jumps and around banked turns, typical tracks are 350M long and races are sprints between 8 riders that last under 60 seconds.
Since 2008 BMX racing is an Olympic Medal Event and one of the most popular additions to the Olympic
movement, so much so that in 2016 BMX Freestyle
will also be included.
BMX Freestyle is exactly that, “It’s Free” and encompasses all BMX riding other than racing, it’s hard to categorise, but there are Street, Park and Dirt elements. This type of riding has been popularised with the X-Games.
Our goals would be to encourage users to grow to a certain level by organised practice sessions on the proposed track and eventually to schedule evening and possibly week-end race event meetings.
If you have any specific enquiries regarding the club or are interested in getting things up and running with us please check out our website on
www.ratoathbmx.com or contact me on
087 2680 182.

On the Wrong Track


Fine Gael Cllr. Regina Doherty has today described how my initial joy on hearing that Iarnrod Eireann has received funding to commence works on the preparation of a Railway Order to extend the railway line in Meath from Dunboyne to Navan, was replaced with huge disappointment with the Department of Transports decision to recommend proceeding with Rout A, 4 miles west of Dunshaughlin Village.

The railway is a facility for the whole county and to alienate the potential commuters of Dunshaughlin, Ratoath and Ashbourne is not only economic foolishness, it is another example of this governments short-sightedness when it comes to infrastructural planning.

Meath County Council unanimously chose Route B last year as our preferred choice which would have had consideration for commuters in Dunshaughlin to be able to walk or cycle to the new station.  It would also be a lot more convenient for the potential commuters of Ratoath and Ashbourne to access the station to the East side of Dunshaughlin village .  Now we will have to cross over the new M3 Motorway – this makes no sense.

I have written to Minister Noel Dempsey this morning asking him to provide a complete explanation at his departments decision.

Emergency Water Supply Conservation Notice

Meath County Council wishes to inform consumers in Ashbourne, Curragha, Ratoath, Dunshaughlin & surrounding areas that consumers in these areas may experience a reduced level of water pressure due to some technical problems that occurred over night at the production plant at Drogheda.  These problems have since been resolved, but it may take sometime before normal service is restored to all areas.


  We urge all consumers to conserve water at all times particularly during the next few days.

Friday, April 09, 2010

NRA a living disgrace for lack of attention to M2


Fine Gael Cllr. Regina Doherty has today described the NRA’s complete lack of care and attention to the new M2 as a living disgrace. 

“You only have to drive down the M2 and you will see it looks like a rubbish dump.  I think the amount of rubbish, tyres and even mattresses dumped along the motorway side prove that the NRA do not take the maintenance of motorways seriously.  Once the roads are completed they sod off leaving the users and residents to fend for themselves.”

“ They were supposed to landscape each side of the motorway and then keep it clean and free from rubbish”  They are failing on both fronts.

I have written to the NRA requesting immediate action.  The residents of South Meath do not deserve to be treated in this manner.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Motivation and Empowerment Seminar 24th April 2010

Motivation and Empowerment Seminar 24th April 2010 in Trim Castle Hotel 10am to 5pm - seminar and exhibition aimed at Guidance Counsellors, employees in the education sector and interested members of the public


Motivation and Empowerment Seminar 24th April 2010 in Trim Castle Hotel
“Join the speakers in a fascinating day aimed to help deepen and improve your work practice.”
Course Description:
Lismullin Hospitality Services Centre is hosting this seminar and exhibition aimed at Guidance Counsellors, employees in the education sector and interested members of the public. Saturday 24th April 10.00am to 5.00pm in Trim Castle Hotel


Goal of the seminar:
The goal of the seminar is to help inspire individuals to move forward and review opportunities with a fresh eye. There will be a number of exhibition stands present on the day: including Oaktree Coaching, ETC, IBEC, Outside the Box and many more.


Presenters:
Keynote Speaker: Professor Brian McCraith President Designate of Dublin City University. Brian is a Senior Academic and Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at DCU.


Other presenters include:
Professor Gerard Casey who is an Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy at UCD. Gerard is well known for his radio and television interviews.
Eoin McDonnell MBA is a personal coach who follows the positive, proactive and realistic system of the Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers. He is also Managing Director of Oak tree Coaching.


How to apply for this course?
The cost of the seminar is €50 with a concession rate of €20. Payment can be made directly on: www.boyneadulteducation.com/feepay
Or Contact: lhsclizdonnelly@gmail.com or 087-6386914


Places are limited so book early. This event is sponsored by Boyne Community School and the Economic Development and Innovation Unit of Meath County Council.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

FULL ROAD RESTORATION FOR KILBREW


FULL ROAD RESTORATION
FOR KILBREW


I am very pleased to be able to inform you that having discussed the Road Works Programme for 2010; we were able to include Kilbrew for a complete Road Restoration Plan.

The work, which is long overdue will be completed at some stage this year and involve some disruption to you but I hope you will agree that it will be well worth any inconvenience caused once you have your new road.

I am available to you at any time should you need me.  Please feel free to contact me on 087 2680 182 or at my new constituency office at 2 Main Street, Ratoath.

Assuring you of my best attention at all times.

Cllr. Regina Doherty

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Felling of Trees on Dunshaughlin Road at Steeplechase

I am in the process of investigating why the developer
of Steeplechase have recently cut down a large number of our very mature trees along the border of the estate. I will ensure that whatever the reason, replacement trees will be planted in their place.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

COMPLETION OF PATH FROM CARRAIG NA GABHA TO GLASCAIRN LANE

COMPLETION OF PATH FROM CARRAIG NA GABHA TO GLASCAIRN LANE


I am pleased to inform you that we have included in this years Works Programme the completion of the pathway from your estate, Carraig Na Gabha to Glascairn Lane.

Our Engineer came down to meet me last week, measured and priced the work required and it is now on the list of jobs to be carried our in Ratoath for 2010.

I do hope this will provide the safe passageway that you deserve to allow walking to and from the village or school a much safer experience.

I am available to you always; please feel free to contact me on 087 2680 182 or at my Constituency Office at 2 Main Street, Ratoath.

Assuring you of my best attention at all times.
  
Cllr. Regina Doherty

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Draft Roadworks Programme

Meath County Council are currently completing the Roadworks programme for 2010. This involves allocating
an ever decreasing budget for maintenance, repair and restoration of our Regional and National Roads.
The nature of repairs & length of road sections to be repaired is determined from a “Road Condition Index”
where each road is graded and accordingly the worst roads are prioritised - well, in practice anyhow.
This year, there is €100,000 allocated for Specific Improvements to the Inner Relief Road - Jamestown Road.
We have also agreed to Road Restoration for the cross-roads at Ratoath Village which is very damaged
at present.
A map of all road works will be on my web-site once it receives full council approval.
www.reginadoherty.blogspot.com

ESTATES TAKEN IN CHARGE

The following estates were taken in Charge by Meath County Council in 2009.
- Woodlands Park, Ratoath, Co. Meath
- Moatlands, Ratoath, Co. Meath.
- Fairyhouse Grove, Ratoath, Co. Meath.
- Clonkeen, Ratoath, Co. Meath.
We are currently selecting the estates that will be taken in charge for 2010. I am currently working to finally bring The Old Mill to a point where it can be taken in charge. We have been in contact with the Developers recently on a number of occasions. A complete snag list has been sent to the Developers in the last three weeks.
When these works are complete and as constructed drawings are submitted together with cctv surveys of the foul and surface water systems the estate will be ready to take in charge. This will probably take 4 to 5 months.

Completion of Path from Carraig na Gabha to Glascairn Lane

We have included in this years road works programme
the completion of the pathway from Carraig
na Gabha to Glascarin Lane.
I do hope this will provide a safe passageway to allow walking to / from the village or schools.

Joint Policing Committee

The purpose of a Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where matters that affect policing in Meath can be discussed and actioned. The members of the committee areMeath County Council, Members of the Garda Siochana, your elected councillors, your elected members of Oireachtas
na hEireann and local community groups.
The JPC (Meath) recently launched their Annual Workplan
for 2010. We have 3 main objectives for the coming year: (1) Meath JPC will focus on improving the safety and security of older people in Meath. (2) Meath JPC will seek to reduce the levels of Anti-Social Behavior in Meath. (3) Meath JPC will improve safety and reduce traffic congestion at schools in Meath.
A full copy of how we intend to achieve our objectives is available on my web-site. We will also be holding a series of Public Meetings during the year where you are very welcome
to come along and air your views. All update will be available on my web-site www.reginadoherty.blogspot.com

Ratoath Traffic Management Plan

I have requested that a new Traffic Management Plan be introduced for the village of Ratoath.
I believe that large lorries and trucks should not be using some of our roads and roundabouts, as they are not fit for purpose and more importantly just not safe.
To achieve this, I will be meeting with our engineers, officials and local Gardai to discuss the possibilities and collectively we will come up with a plan and present this for display. At this stage any suggestions
or improvement measures you may have can be sent to me by email at regina.doherty@finegael.ie or by post to Unit 2 Main Street, Ratoath.

Jamestown Inner Relief Road - Safety Audit

There have been a number of traffic incidents over the past 12 months on the inner relief road due partly to the the bad weather. Following this, I requested a road safety audit to be carried out. This was done in December by our road engineers and the report produced found that the surface of both the road and the speed ramps are of a “low risk” skid nature. We have decided to provide extra gritting during bad weather periods to ensure extra safety.

3 Extra Lights for Curragha Road

After 3 years of lobbying, I am so pleased to see the erection of the 3 extra lights required on the
Curragha Road. We now effectively have a well lit pathway from the centre of the village to the entrance
of Foxbrook estate.

Yellow Box for Clonkeen

At the request of the residents , I have applied to have a “Yellow Box” placed at the entrance to Clonkeen
estate, on the Fairyhouse Road. I hope this will attempt to alleviate some of the traffic congestion caused during school opening and closing times.
The residents of Clonkeen have been exceptionally patient over recent years and I, as one of the parents who park there whilst collecting my children, am very grateful for their co-operation and kindness.

Spring newsletter

Welcome to my Spring newsletter. I am very pleased to announce the opening of my Constituency Office at 2 Main Street, Ratoath ( Beside main entrance to the church). The opening of this office symbolizes my deep commitment to serve the people of Ratoath and South Meath as a Fine Gael Representative. I believe having a Local Point of Contact will enable me to provide a more professional service to you and further enhance
the level of information, advice and representation for you. The minimum opening hours shall be from 10am - 12.30pm, Mon - Fri, however please feel free to call in any time the office is open.
The last year has been challenging. The impact of the recession, people losing their jobs and the bad weather has brought hardship of unknown proportions to so many families. It is obvious that if the economy is to grow again, businesses and entrepreneurship must flourish to provide jobs, and in order to do this they must be encouraged, resourced and supported by Government, something which the present administration is clearly failing to achieve.
I am convinced that the Fine Gael approach to the economy is the correct one, recognising that, at the heart of the problem
is the need to create new jobs and protect the ones we still have.
Please feel free to contact me at any time. Very best regards
Regina

Monday, March 08, 2010

Ratoath Riverwalk & Bridle Lane at Jamestown Park

The latest update on the river walk and Bridle Lane is that the OPW have agreed as part of their ongoing works to dredge the river this year. This is very welcome as it has been allowed to deteriorate
badly over the past few years.
We have also reached agreement with the contractor
who is currently resurfacing the Bridle Lane at Jamestown Park, that when they are finished they will landscape the lane way thus making it a more pleasant walkway for us all. I have also requested that Meath County Council erect street lighting along

Monday, March 01, 2010

People 4 People

People 4 People Ratoath is a voluntary organisation that we set up in November 2008. Our aim is to lend a helping hand to people in our community who might need it.
If you feel there is something we can do to help, just call us. We may do a good turn for you today, you may join us as a volunteer in the future. The P4P telephone number is 086 032 5795.
Special thanks to all those who supported our recent “Mothers Day Cake Sale” where we raised much needed funds.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ashbourne & Dunshaughlin Water Supply

Meath County Council will carry out watermains flushing to the Ashbourne & Dunshaughlin Water Supply networks from Monday 1st March 2010 to the 31st March 2010. Mains flushing is undertaken to improve the quality of water supplied to our consumers. Consumers in areas where flushing will be taking place may notice temporary discolouration to their water but this discolouration should clear when allowed to run for a few minutes.  

Water Supply to the Ashbourne & Dunshaughlin towns and surrounding areas may experience reduced levels of service for the duration of these works.

 Meath County Council regrets any inconvenience caused. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

GUTTED as DES refuse to recognise Gaelscoil Rathto

Fine Gael Cllr. Regina Doherty has today expressed her deep concerns at the decision taken by the Department of Education & Science to refuse recognition to GaelScoil Rathto for 2010.

“We currently have 33 children on our register for 2010, we have an established committee who have worked extremely hard over the past 18 months, we have a school site and we have our own funds. What we lack is the follow-through on the promise by this government to offer diversity in education to the Irish public.”

“Gaelscoileanna around the county are turning hundreds of children away, as they do not have the capacity to cope with the volume of applicants.
It is a problem that there is just not enough spaces to meet the demand of people who want their students taught through Irish,"

“Coupled with this the Department itself recognised Ratoath’s growing population and education needs by short listing us back in November to receive a new school.  Now with no explaination we are refused and left high and dry.” 

I am calling on Minister Batt O Keefe to seriously reconsider this decision and to grant temporary recognition to Gaelscoil Rathto and allow our children to be education “as gaelige” as is our right.”     

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fine Gael Pub Quiz




For further information or Tickets contact 087 2680182

Friday, February 12, 2010

Half-Way House Update

Following numerous communications with Justice Minister Dermot Ahern, on 4th March I finally received the following communication by email from his office regarding the half-way house in Ratoath –
“Dear Councillor
I am directed by the Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D. to refer to your recent letters regarding the use of certain accommodation in Ratoath to accommodate the post release management of a released prisoner.
I wish to advise that work with higher risk offenders (including sex offenders) following release from prison is done on the basis of risk assessments and all relevant information to assist in the post release management of the particular offender. This work is done in partnership with other relevant agencies including the Garda Síochána and the Probation Service. As you will appreciate all such work is aimed at enhancing community safety by focussing on preventing re-offending and promoting rehabilitation.
The Sex Offenders Act 2001 contains a comprehensive set of provisions aimed at protecting children and other persons. The Act makes persons convicted of a range of sexual offences subject to notification requirements under Part 2, including notification of changes of address and the Gardaí are the only agency with any authority to hold and manage such notification information in all cases.
Furthermore when an offender is under any form of supervision by the Probation Service, that Service is governed by the Data Protection legislation and must work within the strict parameters of that legislation in communicating relevant information to other partner agencies in the management of any particular offender.
In relation to the specific accommodation address in Ratoath, I can advise that the accommodation option sourced in that area has been returned to the landlord. I can also confirm that that address will not be used again for the post release accommodation of any released person.
I trust this clarifies the position for you. Yours sincerely, Barry O’Donnell, Private Secretary . 4 March 2010”
The outcome of this particular incident is indeed a happy one but I genuinely believe that we should have far more transparency with regard to the post release arrangements of particular prisoners and I will continue to campaign for a “Megan’s Law” type scenario in Ireland.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Reduced Water Pressure - Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne and Ratoath

Due to a burst water main at Staleen Water Works, Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne and Ratoath area’s may experience reduced water pressure this evening.
The burst water main is currently being repaired.  Meath Co. Council urges customers to conserve water.
Normal supply will be restored as soon as possible.

Friday, January 15, 2010

149% increase in youth unemployment since election

Young Irish people now fear a future of unemployment & emigration

Fine Gael Cllr Regina Doherty has warned that youth unemployment has shot up by 149% since the general election, and is having a devastating impact on young people.

“The latest CSO live register figures confirm that unemployment is the single greatest challenge facing us as a nation. Youth unemployment continues to be a major problem that will have long-term consequences if it is not tackled now.

“Since the Fianna Fáil/Green Government came into office in June 2007 unemployment among under-25 year olds has jumped from 33,872 to 84,398. The Government has become obsessed with the banking and fiscal crises and is ignoring the jobs and competitiveness crisis.

“Youth Work Ireland published their Voices of Youth Poll in December showing the impact this is having on young Irish people. The poll of 1,029 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 revealed that 59.8% expected to be unemployed after finishing their education while 47.6% expected to emigrate after finishing their education.

“Fine Gael is the only Party to offer plans to tackle youth unemployment:

• Our NewERA stimulus package, employment-focused tax cuts and support for small businesses will help reduce unemployment across all age profiles;
• Our Hope for a Lost Generation policy will directly target youth unemployment with workshare schemes like those in Germany and the US, a National Internship Programme and by increasing the number of places available on further education and retraining programmes.

“An entire generation of young Irish people now believe that unemployment and emigration lie in store for them in the future. This is the real legacy of Brian Cowen and his Fianna Fáil/Green Government. If the prospect of long-term youth unemployment and emigration is to be avoided the Government must adopt policies like those proposed by Fine Gael.”

Emergency Water Notices – 15th January – 12.00noon

All areas in Co. Meath may experience intermittent disruption and localized problems over the coming days.
Meath Local Authorities’ overall strategy is to increase water levels in our reservoirs and there has been some recovery in the past 48 hours.
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Slane area has water but low pressure in, Painstown and Beauparc. Detection of leaks underway in order to reduce demand. People are requested to report leaks, and check any agricultural connections.
2 Tankers of water available at Yellow Furze Church.

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Dunshaughlin and surrounding areas – Supply restored to all areas but low pressure in some areas.

Ratoath and surrounding areas - Water in all areas but low pressure may be experienced.


Ashbourne and surrounding areas - Most areas should have a normal water supply but low pressure may be experienced in higher areas i.e. Race Hill, as system recovers.


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Navan and surrounding areas – Pressure restriction was lifted this morning and supply restored to all outlying areas.
Due to a mechanical failure at the Kilcarn Water Treatment Plant this morning the following areas were without water:
Johnstown, Oakleigh, Kilcarn Court, Swan Lane, Athlumney Abbey, Athlumney Wood, Johnstown Shopping Centre, Carn Hill, Millbrook, Cill Foireann, Spire View, Johnstown Wood, Bailis Manor, Athlumney Hall, Chestnut Court, Johnstown Village, Springfield Glen, Limekiln Wood, Old Balreask Wood.
Supply will be restored by late morning.

No water in Robinstown due to the presence of air locks in the system – work ongoing to resolve this problem. Water Tankers available at Robinstown Church.

Please note that the public water supply in Navan Town & Area shall experience low water pressure from 9pm tonight Friday 15th January 2010 until 6am the following morning, Saturday 16th January 2010.

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We would once again appeal to all members of the public to conserve water, check all water supplies for evidence of leaks and where appropriate arrange for any necessary repairs to be carried out immediately.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Water Shortages - Dunshaughlin Area Tanker Locations

Due to water shortages in Ashbourne, Ratoath and Dunshaughlin, Meath County Council are providing water tankers at the following locations:
Dunshaughlin:  Ardlea; Hillview; Grange Hall; Council Offices.

Ashbourne: Racehill Crescent; Brindley Park.

Ratoath: Meadowbank Hill. 

If anybody needs any help or assistance please do not hesitate to call me 087 2680182

Friday, January 01, 2010

Ratoath Meals on Wheels ....

Last November I along with the help of some great volunteers set up Meals on Wheels for Ratoath and the surrounding area. We deliver hot meals, 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday to people who need them. I have to admit it is one of the more enjoyable roles that I carry out each week.
We recently held a Church Gate Collection in Ratoath and I was overwhelmed with the response as we collected €1,523, so a very big Thank You to all our supporters and to Fr. Gerry and Fr. Patrick.
If you know anybody who might benefit from our Meals on Wheels service, please get them to call me on 087 2680 182.