Tolan Calls For Coastal Protection

Following the sinking of a fishing trawler off the north Dublin coast near Balbriggan this morning, Cllr Sharon Tolan called on Meath County Council to liaise immediately with their colleagues in Fingal, to assess the potential risk of pollution to the East Coast.

The 12m vessel Atlantic Osprey drifted onto rocks just south of Balbriggan harbour at about 5am on Monday morning and sank about three hours later, after five fishermen were rescued safely.

“I’d like to congratulate the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI in rescuing the fishermen safely. However, it is important that authorities do all they can to ensure that none of the 400 litres of diesel on board leak into our seas.  We must assess and monitor the potential risk to marine life and indeed our various breeds of birds all currently feeding on our coastline and do everything we can to protect them.” stressed Tolan.

Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Tolan has also called on Meath County Council to immediately assess continued coastal erosion, following reports from locals of serious erosion at Ben Head. Councillor Tolan visited the area on Sunday and has called on the council to monitor the situation and assess what measures can be taken to protect the iconic location on the Meath coastline.

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Tolan Welcomes Half a Million Euro for Laytown-Bettystown Link Road

Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Tolan has today welcomed the news that Minister for Transport, Shane Ross has allocated €500,000 to Meath County Council in a Specific Improvement Grant to progress the delivery of the Laytown to Bettystown Link Road.

“This is fantastic news for the community in East Meath, and particularly for the parents of the 2000 children that currently attend the Educational Campus. This will mean that Meath County Council can appoint consultants to progress the Compulsory Purchase Order of the land required, and complete the detailed design in order to proceed to construction. This road is long overdue, and every day that it’s not delivered is another day that our children are put in danger during their journey to and from school.

I will continue to push the delivery of this road until it’s completion, and we can all feel secure that our children can get to and from school safely” stressed Tolan.

Tolan announced the news that the Link Road had been included in the government’s National Capital Plan in September 2015. Since then, Councillor Tolan pushed the council to secure funding for Part 8 Planning, and this lengthy process was completed and Part 8 Planning was adopted in May 2016. The €500,000 funding from the Department is a massive boost in the project for the East Meath area.

Tolan, who herself is a mother of children attending schools in the Educational Campus, has been a strong campaigner in the community for many years before entering into politics.

“The plan provides for not only the completed road, but also includes much-needed footpaths and cycle-lanes, which will mean many of our children will be able to walk or cycle safely to and from school. In addition, there will be an extra 80 parking spaces, which will come as a huge relief to parents of younger children attending Scoil Oilibheir Naofa Junior Primary School” said Tolan.

Tolan announces Consultants get the go-ahead for Boyneside Trail

Monday 16th January, 2017

Tolan announces Consultants get the go-ahead for Boyneside Trail

In what has been a long road for the Boyneside Trail Committee, news from Fine Gael Councillor Sharon Tolan this week, that consultants are to be appointed today Monday 16th January, to progress the Part 8 Planning for the Trail, was certainly a good start to 2017 for the group.

Tolan, who has championed the project and supported the committee all along in their endeavors, secured funding last year from Meath County Council and the NTA. Following a motion put down by Cllr Tolan last June, Meath County Council went out to tender for the Part 8 element of the project. This is the statutory process required for the council to secure planning permission from itself to deliver the project.

“I am delighted to see the Boyneside Trail another step closer to being delivered. Formal letters will be issued today Monday 16th to the successful and unsuccessful candidates to start the formal appointment process. This will allow consultants to begin the formal public consultation process involved in preparing Part 8 Planning. The Boyneside Trail Committee have to be commended for the work they have done so far, but in order to get this important piece of infrastructure delivered, it is now time for consultants to begin the public consultation and complete a detailed design that addresses any concerns the public may have. We must not be left wanting when it comes to Greenway projects suitable for Failte Ireland funding, and we must do all we can to ensure that we have excellent shovel ready proposals on the table that just cannot be refused capital investment. It will be crucial for all Councillors in our District to unite and support these projects in order to get them delivered for our community and I hope to see this when the Part 8 plans are complete.” said Tolan.

The Part 8 will cover the stretch, approx. 8.5km from Drogheda to Mornington and would complete the 18km long trail from the mouth of the Boyne to Oldbridge and provide a valuable amenity for both locals and tourists alike.
“This news is very welcome “confirmed Peter Monaghan, chair of the Boyneside Trail committee, “we have had so many setbacks over the past number of years that we began to doubt that this step would ever be taken” he admitted. Geoff Fitzpatrick stated “we are working hard to secure the cost for construction of the amenity but that effort cannot advance until the part 8 process is complete. A voluntary committee can only do so much but without the support of the local authorities and elected members with vision such as Councillor Tolan, delivery of important infrastructure like this cannot be accomplished”. The Third member of the group Eddie Phelan added, “we are extremely grateful for the political and moral support we have received to date from Councillor Tolan and we are confident that she will continue to support the project through to its completion”

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