Cllr.Gerry O'Connor P.C.
Cathaoirleach Meath County Council/Peace Commissioner
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Cathaoirleach's Diary Week 7
Week 7 as Cathaoirleach was dominated by water issues in Ratoath and elsewhere .I spent the week as Chair liaising with the incident room in Meath County Council, updating FB with the regular updates from IW and dealing with constituents who couldn't get to water and delivering it to them.I called a meeting of all Councillors and TD's who were representing the areas affected in City North Hotel on Wednesday night and we agreed an all party letter to send to Minister Murphy ou...tlining our concerns and requesting the necessary funding to sort the problem out once and for all. On Friday I spoke at the Irish water event in Lough Bawn treatment plant , which had been upgraded due to an adverse EPA listing at a cost of €1.2 million. The plant supplies Oldcastle and Kells and its environs. That evening I along with my FG Councillor colleagues met with Minister Eoghan Murphy in Ashbourne for two hours discussing the Staleen water issue, recommending both short term and long term solutions and emphasising that it must be sorted sooner than the 18mths suggested by IW. On Saturday I led a delegation from Meath County Council, accompanied by the members of the Drogheda & Slane Branch of Oglaigh Naisiunta Na hEireann to Belgium to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the death of Lance Corporal Francis Ledwidge in Flanders in 1917.I laid a wreath at the Irish Peace Park in Mesen with the colour party provided by O.N.E. From Mesen we then travelled to Tyne Cot Cemetery where almost 12K soldiers are buried , many in unmarked graves. We then visited the Memorial Museum in Passendale. That evening we laid a wreath at the Menin Gate Ceremony in Ypres. The whole experience of the day was sobering, the evidence of Mans inhumanity to Man, and the sheer size of the death toll is unbelievable and so,so sad. The third battle of Ypres was the first time Chemical warfare was used in battle. Incidentally Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate , Theresa May and the Belgium Royal Family all visited the same sites last weekend but a day later.
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