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

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


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 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.

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:
Or Contact: 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



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.