Monday 19 November 2018

Meade glad O'Dowd interested in region

Hubert Murphy

The fact that elected representatives did not attend a meeting between Fergus O'Dowd TD, members of the Julianstown community group and Meath CC departments has been deemed a 'slight on the municipal council' of the Laytown/Bettystown area.

The TD met with various people recently, including the environmental and water services of the council.  But Cllr Tom Kelly asked what was the outcome of the meeting and why was the cathaoirleach of the area not there.  

Cllr Paddy Meade however stated that he was sent an email but couldn't attend.

'In fact, I'm glad TDs and senators are taking an interest in the area. They are meant to represent the people here', he stated. 

Director of Services Fiona Lawless said she mentioned the meeting at the last council gathering and 'didn't stop anyone from attending.' 

Addressing the last council meeting of the year, Cllr Kelly said it was 'imperative' that councillors were invited to these meetings and that 'it was a slight' on the municipal that they were not in attendance. 

Cllr Wayne Harding felt it wasn't a slight on the district but if an Oireachtas member wanted a meeting then the local cathaoirleach should chair it.  'I don't mind if everyone goes!", Ms Lawless remarked.

Drogheda Independent