Update regarding ESB supply in the New Ross Municipal District as of 1800 this evening:

From our dynamic District Manager:

Update regarding ESB supply in the District as of 1800 this evening:

A large number of customers were reconnected in Ballycullane this afternoon. They are still working in that zone.

There is an estate in Ballycullane still out and will be until tomorrow.

Approx 1,200 customers in Clonroche will be reconnected within the hour.

A further large section of the District from New Ross to Campile should be back tomorrow.

The ESB will then fall back on smaller outages, eg the Estate in Ballycullane, Marsh Lane/South St, New Ross.

Issue at Castlemoyle/Irishtown is solved.

Depending on winds on Sat ( Status Orange from the SW) most customers should be recommected.

The ESB said that current individual outages from now on should be registered on the Customer Services webpage.

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@IrishWater / @WexfordCoCoWater Supply Update – Thursday 19 October, 11.00am

Water Outages in the following areas:









Limited area in Kilmuckridge




IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers) have been delivered to following locations and will be topped up throughout the day.

Terrerath Church 

Glynn Church (opposite garda station)

Ballycullane Daybreak car park

Foulkesmills Post office 

Clongeen School 

Bannow Community centre

Boolavogue Church car park

Monamolin Outside church

Oulart – Opposite church

There are also large stationary tankers in the following villages





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@IrishWater “working to restore water and secure supply for Wexford customers in wake of #Ophelia”


The Irish Water Crisis Management Team was mobilised over the weekend and has overseen the impact of the storm on water and wastewater centres from the National Operations centre in Dublin along with the Operations teams in each of the three regions. The principal impacts were loss of power to treatment plants and pumping stations, pipeline bursts which couldn’t be repaired until conditions were safe for crews and direct damage to facilities. Irish Water are currently working with the ESB and the local authority staff to restore water and secure supply for customers around the country.

At the moment Irish Water estimate that there are:

69,000 customers with no supply (down from 109,000 at the peak)

Where customers were reliant on water storage this number has decreased by 260,000 to just over 100,000 and their full supply has been restored.

Counties worst affected by the outages are Cork and Waterford

During the last two nights, ESB Networks has been working on several of these schemes and we are confident that these numbers will be significantly reduced in the coming hours. In many other schemes, generators are maintaining power supply pending full restoration of mains service.


To meet the demands of those plants without power, working with the local authorities, Irish Water put 16 generators in place at drinking water plants. This has restored supplies to 78,000 people in the most impacted areas of the south of the country.


We have a further 23 generators on route to assist to restore supplies to 64,000 in the most impacted areas, particularly around the south of the country.


Irish Water is currently co-ordinating up to 30 water tankers to the affected areas and are working with local authorities to ensure we have more if we need them.

In Wexford, a number of customers in the county are continuing to experience water outages due to power cuts associated with Storm Ophelia. Areas affected at present include Bunclody, Kilmuckridge, Clonroche, Duncannon, Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Ballycullane village.
Irish Water is working with Wexford County Council to restore these supplies as quickly as possible. Where it is going to take longer to get power back, generators are being brought in where we can and water tankers being deployed to assist affected communities.
In the meantime we would ask that customers who have a water supply would conserve their water.
We also have a number of wastewater treatment plants and a significant number of sewage pumping stations where power failure is resulting in discharge of untreated or partially treated wastewater to receiving waters. As with drinking water, the number of installations affected are being reduced as power supplies are restored. We currently estimate that approximately 30 wastewater treatment plants are without power nationally. Our focus now is to get these plants fully operational as soon as possible.


The Irish Water Crisis management team will be maintained in place until these issues are fully addressed. Our focus is on working with ESB Networks to prioritise schemes for power restoration, looking at options for supplies which may continue to be affected including deploying generators where this is practical and making emergency tankered supplies available where necessary. We will be providing information to communities affected and contacting vulnerable customers who need support.


Irish Water would like to thank the ESB Networks for all their assistance during this storm event and where possible prioritising the restoration of power supplies to the water and wastewater treatment plants.

Irish Water is grateful for the commitment of its staff and those of the local authorities who are working to address the issues arising from the storm as quickly as possible. We are also grateful for the patience and forbearance of our customers during this event.

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New Ross: @wexlibraries Week 2 of #ChildrensBookFestival 2-31/Oct 2017 w/@WexfordCoCo

Week 2: New Ross Library

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For @SinnFeinIreland #budget2018 is about choosing a side. #sfonyourside Príomh-mholtaí Shinn Féin:

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have chosen their side – it is the same side they have chosen since the foundation of the state – the side of the elites, the bankers, the property developers, the crony politicians.

With this document, Sinn Féin has also chosen a side, the side of the ordinary people, families, workers, children and public services.

Among our key proposals are:

Rachfar i ngleic le géarchéim na dtralaithe agus tabharfar aire do dhaoine scothaosta. Cuirfear ar fáil 500 leaba breise in ospidéil, 2 mhilliún uaireanta breise de chúnamh baile agus 2,500 pacáiste breise de chúram baile.

Tackling the trolley crisis and caring for older people with 500 more hospital beds, 2 million additional home help hours and 2,500 extra home-care packages.

Beidh 10,000 teach sóisialta agus 4,500 teach is féidir a cheannach ann aghdófar faoina leath táillí naíolann le haghaidh tuismitheoirí agus beidh méadú ar phá ar fud na hearnála.

10,000 social homes and 4,500 genuinely affordable homes.

Halving crèche fees for parents while increasing pay across the sector.

Beidh méadú de €5 ar gach íocaíocht leasa shóisialaigh aoise oibre, €4.50 le haghaidh pinsinéirí agus glacfar an tIdirphinsean ar ais, agus beidh méadú de €6 do dhaoine míchumasacha.

Increases of €5 for all working age social welfare payments, €4.50 for pensioners and restoring the Transition pension, and €6 for people with disabilities.

Beidh níos lú ranganna ann ó bhunscoileanna ar aghaidh go hinstitiúidí teicneolaíochta, 950 post le haghaidh múinteoirí acmhainne agus SNA, agus laghdú de €500 ar tháillí mic léinn tríú leibhéal.

Smaller class sizes from primary school right through to institutes of technology, 950 resource teacher and SNA positions, €500 reduction to third level student fees.

Earcófar 800 garda nua agus 500 d’fhoireann shibhialtach le dul i ngleic le hoidhreacht na déine inár gcóras dlí.

Recruiting 800 new gardaí and 500 civilian staff to combat the legacy of austerity in our justice system.

Cothromaíocht i gcúrsaí pá ar fud na hearnála poiblí.

Pay equalisation throughout the public sector.

Plean chun tionchar na Breatimeachta a mhaolú lena n-áirítear tacaí le fiontar agus mórchlár infheistíochta caipitil.

Brexit mitigation plan including enterprise supports and a major capital investment programme.

Is é an toradh a bheadh ar Cháinaisnéis Shinn Féin le haghaidh 2018 ná 5,000 oibrí sa bhreis a fhostú sa líne thosaigh agus tacódh infheistíocht bhreise Chaipitil le 16,000 post freisin.

Sinn Féin’s Budget for 2018 would result in direct employment of over 5,000 additional frontline workers with our additional capital investment supporting 16,600 jobs also.
I am asking you to read this document and promote it. In your communities, in your offices and in your homes.

Príomh-mholtaí Shinn Féin

Sinn Féin – On Your Side.

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#LocalPropertyTax – @WexfordSF statement

There are three issues here: cause and effect, the distribution of costs, and priorities.
In terms of causes: 
We know well about the removal of the local government fund, for which the Local Property Tax was a way of externalising costs onto counties. This was a Central Government decision.
There was also the issue of the hole punctured in our budget, by the statewide “Globalisation of Rates” for certain commercial entities. Compensation for which is unlikely for the future. Another Central Government decision, and cause of problems, whose effects we are supposed to solve.
In terms of the distribution of costs:
Over the past decade, Statewide household income has fallen on average by about 15% (even higher, for the lowest incomes).[1]
Additionally to this: there are what the ESRI call “Policy Induced Losses” as an extra burden [2]. From the legion of so-called small charges and cuts, these amount to about a further 10% for an average family, to 20% for unemployed singles.
What concerns us, is that in voting for an increase, we are in principle validating this entire system, and insulating central government from its responsibilities.
We publicly warned last year the council was setting a precedent: new charges rarely go other than in one direction – up. This confirms we were correct.
There is also the looming danger in 2019 of increasing property prices, bumping people into higher tax brackets – without a guaranteed corresponding increase of disposable income to service these charges first.
We are certainly not against investing in innovative Capital projects. We appreciate that locally we are left with only certain levers to control our own path, in the absence of other central government support.
However, we can validly question whether everything on this wish-list has to be given the same priority, if it means continuing to increase the full spectrum burden on local property tax payers.
As one concrete example: we are concerned about the lingering possibility for the proposed Rosslare-Waterford railway line to be deconstructed by stealth, in the pursuit of a greenway project. 
An otherwise laudable attempt at creating tourist amenities, should in no way threaten to key transportation infrastructure connecting the South and West of Ireland, to Rosslare Europort – this is especially true on the eve of Brexit.
Nonetheless, we could still allocate €400,000 local funding per year, of the €2,000,000 proposed for 3 years for that project. That could cover both the 10% raise suggested – and a 3% Local Property Tax reduction from the base. 
But we are not suggesting that only one project should be focussed on; maybe not every high-end marina or prestige project needs to be given front priority, all at once.
This is especially true if we are asking the public to bear other increasing costs and charges as well.
We continue to call for a 15% Local Property Tax reduction over 5 years (3% a year).
[1] https://www.esri.ie/pubs/BP201802.pdf Table, p.10 

[2] https://www.esri.ie/news/distributional-impact-of-tax-welfare-and-public-service-pay-policies-budget-2016-and-budgets-2009-2016/

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The Dáil is currently debating a motion on housing from the @SinnFeinIreland team:

The Sinn Féin motion calls on the government to make a number of policy changes. These include:

1. substantially increasing the stock of social houses owned by local authorities and approved housing;

2. a new affordable housing programme in 2018 to enable middle income households to access private rental and private purchase housing at affordable prices
3. a capital investment in social and affordable housing substantially greater than that outlined in Rebuilding Ireland
4. new measures to stop the flow of people into homelessness by providing greater protections for private renters and greater supports for those in long term mortgage distress
5. a clear commitment that no family with children will be left in emergency accommodation for more than six months and that no person will be forced to sleep rough due to lack of safe and appropriate emergency accommodation.”

Back ground

· The housing system in this state is broken. The government policy launched with much fanfare in July 2016 by former Minister Coveney has not made a dent in the crisis.

· During his stint as Minister the number of families in emergency accommodation every month has gone up, this trend has unfortunately continued under Minister Murphy.
· Murphy announced a review of Rebuilding Ireland and has been “kite flying” via the media for a number of months regarding what changes will be brought in.
· Some recent media announcements include a vacant homes tax, a new mortgage to rent scheme, giving land to developers in exchange for more social housing and an affordable housing scheme.

For more information regarding what specific changes we would make please find attached a copy of our submission to the Review of Rebuilding Ireland.

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#CultureNight New Ross & Co. Wexford

‘Culture Night’ takes place today Friday 22nd September, hosting arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge. 

Click on the link for full details of all events taking place in County Wexford https://culturenight.ie/events/?location=45 

Included below is the line up of artists for this years Culture Night celebrations in New Ross & the District –


New Ross Singers @ Dunbrody Visitor Centre, New Ross, 5.30pm


New Ross Singers have been in existence since the early 80s. a community based mixed voice choir under the direction of Connie Tantrum and have been to the forefront of choral singing in New Ross, presenting an annual Christmas Concert and singing at various local events.


The New Ross & District Pipe Band @ New Ross Library Park 7.30pm –


For Culture Night , as well as a number of traditional band tunes, the repertoire will include:  the  bands interpretation of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Music ;  the much loved ‘Highland Cathedral’ ; the rousing ballad ‘Ye Jacobites by Name’ ; the haunting ballad ‘Land O’ the Leal’ ; the evocative ‘Gael’ ; as well as a number of traditional tunes on banjo , flute and bodhran . A terrific hours entertainment is promised . (Please note this event is weather dependent)  


‘Elements in Motion’ Dance Film Screening @ Cabin Arts Hub, New Ross,  8pm –


What better night to debut our dance film based in New Ross than Culture Night, 2 Many Dance Moves and County Wexford Youth Film took part in a dance/film project in August 2017. Young filmmakers collaborated with local teenage dancers to make an exciting short film. The dance film is located in New Ross and includes many local landmarks including the new library park. The workshop was free to teenage participants and is a Creative Ireland initiative supported by the Arts department of Wexford County Council.


Hook Lighthouse, 6pm -10pm –

Hook Lighthouse is set to host its second annual Harvest Moon celebration this Culture Night, September 22nd 2017. Visitors can enjoy watching the sunset and the harvest moon rise over Hook Peninsula beneath the protective beam of the world’s oldest intact operational lighthouse. From 6pm the Lighthouse Visitor Centre will open especially late, and invites visitors to come along and find a spot on the straw bales around the fire-pits on the lighthouse lawns and watch nature at its best during the autumn equinox. Musician Brendan Keane will be playing some songs  from his forthcoming album.
(Credit: Go raibh maith agat Claude Clancy)

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A brief statement on today’s farming tragedy in Foulkesmill

There are others who know the grieving family far more personally, so I would not presume to intrude on their great grief; however, I have been asked by several people in the media for a comment, as I am a public representative who lives locally.
This family is well known and highly regarded locally; for three generations they have built up together a successful contracting business, and innovative agricultural produce company. They are the proud participants and winners of several ploughing contests. Their neighbours and community are naturally proud of them all.
Any fatal accident is tragedy enough to one’s closest loved ones; but I understand there are young children who have been left without their father, and this makes the tragedy particularly acute and heart rending. Our hearts go out to them; I have small children myself, and I find it dreadfully difficult to imagine what it could be like for his family surviving.
My impression is that people locally are stunned. When a family like this is so woven into the fabric of a community, when a single thread is cut, it can feel like the entire tapestry could unravel.
Which is why I trust neighbours and friends will try to stitch them closer still.
May God bless them and give them strength in each other.
It’s certainly not a time for politics, but I would like to express a personal hope: that we might collectively pull together to achieve something along the lines of the Scandinavian model for a state-sponsored farm safety programme, that was implemented in Sweden over the course of five years. In 2013, they reduced farm fatalities to zero. Last year, the farm, fishing and forestry sector produced half of all recorded workplace fatalities in this state; two and a half times that of construction. For the sake of all all those families and communities, perhaps we could work together to achieve a zero number too.

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#LocalPropertyTax – my statement

There are three issues here: cause and effect, the distribution of costs, and proportionality.
We know well about the removal of the local government fund, for which the Local Property Tax was to replace. This was a Central Government decision.
Now there is the issue of the hole blown in our budget, by the statewide “Globalisation of Rates” for certain commercial entities. Another Central Government decision, and cause of problems, whose effects we are supposed to solve.
In terms of the distribution of costs:
Over the past few years, National Income has fallen by about 10%. This is in addition to what are called Policy Induced Losses… from the legion of so-called small charges and cuts; these amount to about a further 10% for an average family, to 20% for unemployed singles.
What concerns me, is that in voting for an increase, we are in principle validating this entire system.
We are also setting a precedent. New charges rarely go other than in one direction – up.
This is in addition to the danger of increasing property prices, bumping people into higher tax brackets – without a corresponding increase of income.
In terms of proportionality: if it’s mentioned about the seeming smallness of the change – but then we need to look at the other end of the scale too.
Aside from the obvious Billions associated with Bank BaiIouts and the Apple deal: I notice that we have reduced the outstanding balance owed of Development Levys from about €24 Million, to €11 Million, for example. 
There may have been reasonable grounds for this.
But it just seems, that when it comes to the Billions and the Millions, we have no problem being flexible.
When it comes to the hundreds of thousands however, we and the people we represent, are supposed to be on the hook – for dealing with effects which, again, we are not the cause of.

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