New committee 'must sort out Ardee traffic'
UNCLOGGING the streets of Ardee is top of the priority list for the inaugural cathaoirleach of the Ardee Municipal District.
Independent councillor Jim Tenanty, a local publican, stated that the traffic nightmare in the town was one of the key factors on the doorsteps during his election campaign.
'There were three major issues, water, charges and traffic jams in Ardee,' he told the Mid-Louth Independent. 'The western bypass of Ardee is number one. Financially it is all paid for and the minister just has to sign off on it. The land is bought.'
He said the amount of trucks passing through the town was a 'nightmare' for people and motorists were simply deciding to drive on through the town instead of stopping.
'There is no advantage in having this volume of vehicles. The bypass is a necessity.'
It has been on the waiting list for 10 years and the CPOs were done four years ago.
'There is no other way to Mullingar, you have to come into the town and head for Kells,' he added.
While the title of the new council body is Ardee Municipal District, he is determined that mid-Louth will be a dominant name used at meetings.
'I'm representing Clogherhead to Killaney, Collon to Dunleer and Castlebellingham. We canvassed the entire region and every place has issues and those issues must be addressed,' he said.
Having spent 20 years on the town council, he says he is independent and intends to give everyone a fair say.
Another hot subject is St Joseph's Hospital in Ardee, and he well remembers the mandate of the people to retain it.
'The amount of support that campaign got was huge and we have to keep an eye on what is going on there,' the cathaoirleach remarked.
A new industry in Ardee is seen as vital to provide employment in mid Louth and one thing he'd love to see is a hotel opening in mid Louth's capital.
'It's badly needed. For the likes of weddings, people have to stay outside the town. These are things we have to look at.'
Cllr Colm Markey was elected leas-cathaoirleach, defeating Tom Cunningham by 4-2 in a vote.