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

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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.