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.

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.

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.

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.


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.