Reilly calls for Town Council for Ashbourne
Speaking to activists after a canvass of Ashbourne yesterday evening Sinn Féin candidate and Navan councillor Joe Reilly said that "The breadth and scope of planning problems have made the need for an empowered local representation in the area vital."
Cllr Reilly said: 'The lack of adequate public representation for Ashbourne was a recurring theme on the doorsteps last night. Ashbourne is the second largest town in Meath, yet it has no local council elected by, and responsible to, the people of Ashbourne. The breadth and scope of planning problems have made the need for an empowered local representation in the area vital.
"Its absence has meant that the people of Ashbourne have been left voiceless and forgotten by the powers that be, contributing to massive underinvestment in water, sewage and transport infrastructure.
"We have a town without an adequate traffic management system, sewage system or ambulance service and is in dire need of a one-stop shop for planning and this is simply unacceptable.
"Sinn Féin believes that power should be devolved as much as possible to enable local people to make decisions about their environments and it is long past time that real local representation was available to deal with the range of problems facing the people of Ashbourne." ENDS