Councillors at odds over who gets the credit

Tension is mounting in the local council chamber after Cllr Maeve Yore has hit out at inaccurate and untrue statements from a fellow councillor who she claims is trying to take credit for work that she has done.
The independent councillor was speaking following this month’s Dundalk Municipal Council meeting in Carlingford where the issue of the upgrading of sewage works in Hazelwood Avenue, Bay Estate was being discussed.
The upgrade will be carried out as part of Irish Water’s Combined Sewer Upgrade Project and to facilitate these works the junction between Hazelwood Avenue and the N52 will be closed for ten weeks from September 19 to Friday December 21. Sinn Fein councillor Ruairi O Mhurchú released a statement on Thursday criticising Irish Water for their failure to notify residents while also claiming he had raised the issue at the monthly municipal meeting in Carlingford with council officials.
According to Cllr Yore she was angry after reading the Sinn Fein councillor’s statement as it seemed like he was trying to take credit for all the work she had done on this issue.
“The problem with this whole thing is that it is myself who has been working tirelessly on this issue for the past four years. The sewerage issue in Hazelwood Avenue has been a problem for over ten years but it’s proven to be a very difficult issue to get sorted out. I have been working on this since shortly after I was elected four years ago and I raised it with the Director of Services and Senior Engineer at this week’s Municipal District meeting.
“Previous to that I have raised it at Municipal and County Meetings, with different Directors of Service in Louth County Council. I even went to Ardee last year to confront Irish Water Senior Management Team about addressing and resolving this very serious issue. I also stated at this week’s Municipal Meeting that resident’s nor bus companies whose routes are through bay estate were notified and it was not acceptable.
“So, when I read Ruairi O Mhurchú’s statement hitting out at Irish Water and saying that he had raised this issue at the meeting it annoyed me I have to say,” explained Cllr Yore.
“I would never try to take credit for other councillor’s work and I wish other councillors would do the same. I have mentioned this to the councillor in question when he tried this before but to no avail it seems. Meetings are minuted so proof of this is available,” concluded Cllr Yore.
“In response the Sinn Fein councillor stated he will “continue to raise important local issues and work for the people of Dundalk”.
“During last Tuesday’s Dundalk Municipal District Council meeting in Carlingford I raised the issue of the lack of proper notice regarding the closure of the junction with the N52 at Hazelwood Avenue, Bay Estate to facilitate the upgrade of the sewerage system. Council officials stated that Irish Water were responsible for the notifications of the works etc. A council official said they would contact Irish water to communicate this dissatisfaction. I also sent an email to Irish Water in relation to this and requesting further information.
This 10-week road closure will impact on the people living in this area, where I am resident. As a local representative I will continue to raise important local issues and work for the people of Dundalk. Others can raise issues as they see fit,” stated O’Mhurchu.
The period of road closure will be 10 weeks during the 14-week period from 8.00am, Wednesday September 19 to 4:30pm, Friday December 21.
Local access will be maintained at all times. Diversions for traffic will be via: N52 Coes Road southbound, left onto R172 Avenue Road continuing east to roundabout, taking first left onto Red Barnes Road, left again onto Cypress Gardens and right turn onto Hazelwood Avenue.

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