Louth County Council address Drogheda Boundary Committee

Commenting after a delegation from Louth County Council addressed the Drogheda Boundary Committee on Friday, Cllr Mark Dearey expressed cautious confidence that the decision of the Commitee, due at the end of March, would find in favour of extending the Boundary to the West and South so delivering a unified Drogheda under the stewardship of […]

Irish Water must respond to Dundalk sewage problem

This week at Dundalk municipal council’s meeting, I have raised the problem being experienced by residents in Greenacres and other nearby areas of Dundalk as a result of the flooding in January. I have yet to receive a response from Irish Water to a letter I wrote to them asking them to meet to find […]

Radio Interview with Bradford Community Radio

This was an interesting interview I did with Marie McCahery on her show called “Why don’t economists?” for Bradford Community Radio. In the interview I discuss the work I have been doing on local public banking and my reaction to the banking inquiry report. An example of community radio going where mainstream media will not go. […]

Launch of First County Broadband Action Plan

Last week Louth became the first county in Ireland to launch a Broadband Action Plan. In my role as Chairman of Louth County Council’s Economic and Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee I am proud of Louth’s leading role in recognising the increasingly essential nature of access to a fast, reliable internet connection for businesses. Read more […]

PPP for Social Housing “unacceptable and unaffordable”

Louth County Council are looking for expressions of interest from private developers in respect to land that they want to develop for social housing. I regard using the route of public private partnership by the council for provision of social housing is unacceptable and unaffordable. Read more about my reaction in the Dundalk Democrat here  

€4m funding for Dundalk town centre facelift welcomed

Dundalk town centre is to receive €2m funding from the EU which is to be matched by Louth County Council giving a total spend of €4m. I welcome this €4m facelift for the town but it is vital that the shopkeepers are involved in the design process. Read more on this announcement in the Dundalk […]

Banking Inquiry exposes lessons for the whole EU

Banking Inquiry exposes lessons for the whole EU   ECB failed to act as lender of last resort and the European Council failed to show real political solidarity   Cllr. Mark Dearey, Green Party Finance Spokesperson, today responded to the publication of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry report.   “We commend the effort that was taken […]

Submission to Drogheda Boundary Commission

Submission to Drogheda Boundary Commission Question 1: How might alteration of the boundary help or hinder the retention or creation of employment and the general economic performance of the area? The proposed alteration will mean that a single unified economic vision for Drogheda can be forged allowing for balanced development on both sides of the […]

Irish banks’ SME rip-off shows need for public banking

Irish banks’ SME rip-off shows need for public banking   The Green Party today claimed that the recent news that Irish SMEs are paying higher than average interest rates shows the urgent need for public banking.   Cllr Mark Dearey, Green Party Spokesperson for Finance said: “The recent news that SMEs in Ireland are paying […]