My Week in Politics

Another busy week over……..

Took Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty into Whitecross National School in Julianstown, to see the conditions and seek assistance with getting their new school build delivered as a matter of urgency.

Attended and presented at the Meath Business and Tourism Awards.

Lovely day spent with the family in Dublin Christmas shopping and experiencing the Gaiety Panto.

Full Council meeting in Navan…..lot’s of heated debate at this one!

Christmas tree bought at Berrill’s in Mornington…..never disappointed by their selection, price and service!

Through thick fog, I travelled to Lobinstown for a great evening of discussion with locals about their issues and needs.

Honoured and proud to attend Ireland’s first Secondary School to receive the White Ribbon Flag, as Chairwoman of the Board of Management at St Oliver’s Community College.

Thursday, had a quick trip to the orthodentist with Son No 1, then out to the beautiful Tankardstown House for the Boyne Valley Tourism Networking Event……great to hear wonderful stories from people like Ray Coyle of Tayto Park and Roger Pickett from The Cottages in Laytown who recently won the prestigious award for Best Beach House in Europe!

Took Son No 2 to the wonderful EM Panto Production of Snow White in the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda…..well done guys, a really great night was had by all!

Great night had by all at the East Meath Utd Manager’s Charity Match in Ministown…..well done to all involved, and for raising much needed funds for this year’s wonderful local charity, A Smile for Ryan.

Latest on Aldi Planning Application 

**Aldi Update – Shocked and dismayed to receive the following email **


Dear Councillors,

I refer to the above mentioned planning file LB160330 for Aldi and wish to inform you that a decision to grant permission is issuing today 8th December . Notification of the decision to all 3rd parties is also issuing and in todays post.

Please note that any persons aggrieved by this decision may appeal it WITHIN FOUR WEEKS of the date of the decision by forwarding the grounds of appeal to An Bord Pleanala, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. Note the 9 days allowance for the Christmas period will be applicable for the closing date for an appeal in this instance as the 4 weeks falls over the Christmas period, therefore the closing date for appeal will be 13th January, 2017. Please refer to for more details if required.

Top 10 Tips for Driving in Ice and Snow

Top Ten Tips for Driving in Ice and Snow
1. Get a grip: Remember your only contact with the road surface is your tyres so it’s vital that they are up to the task in icy and snowy conditions. Check tyres, including spare wheel, to ensure minimum tread depth of 1.6mm and that they are inflated to the correct tyre pressure. Lack of grip can occur even on treated roads so drive slowly in the highest gear possible, manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking. Replace tyres if necessary.

2. Make sure you can see: Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out, carry a screen scraper and de-icer. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass. Replace windshield wiper blades if necessary. De-mist the inside of your windows thoroughly. Make sure your windshield washer system works and is full of an anti-icing fluid. Remember too that heavy snowfall will reduce visibility! Watch out for grit/salt spreaders and snow ploughs. The glare from the sun can be dazzling in the winter when the sun is low in the sky, so wear sunglasses in these conditions.

3. Check and use your lights: Use your dipped headlights so that others will see you. Make sure your headlights and taillights are all in working order, replace broken bulbs. Make sure lights are clear of snow. Read More

Aldi Update

Cllrs Sharon Tolan and Eimear Ferguson will be hosting a Public Meeting on Wednesday 23rd November at 8pm in the Parochial Hall in Laytown.  This meeting is being held to update concerned members of the community in relation to the Planning Application by Aldi Stores (Ireland) to build on the old Creevelea Nursing Home site on Laytown seafront.  John Spain Associates, acting on behalf of Aldi Stores (Ireland) have now submitted Further Information in relation to the concerns Meath County Council had on Planning Application Ref LB160330.  These scanned documents can be found on the Meath County Council website at

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