Balbriggan « Trevor Sargent

By: Trevor Sargent  05/12/2011

Wednesday, 17 February, 2011

Meetings in the morning about unresolved planning enforcement issues which are infuriating in the way the builders and planning authority have made the lives of residents a hell. I have huge file from fighting on behalf of the residents which involved getting a meeting for residents with the Minister for Sustainable Planning, Ciaran Cuffe TD. I’ll try again to get satisfaction for the  residents affected.

Then on to south Balbriggan and Balrothery. Glad to see the safe route needed for Balrothery NS pupils is making progress. A few months ago, I asked the Council’s Mairead Phelan to meet parents, teachers and parents when school was finishing to take a walk towards Balbriggan Golf Club with the children and a few parents. Apart from all concerned getting complimentary high-visibility vests, the plan to widen the path is now almost complete. The school will now be consulted and the work carried out over the summer holidays.

We moved then to the centre of Balbriggan and ended up in a lovely new cafe and restaurant called ‘Preserved’ on Dublin Street near George’s Square. This business grew from the stall in Balbriggan Fish and Farmers’ Market run by Karl Rogers, his father Michael and business partner Shane Mc Carthy. Having sussed what flavours of soups, pastries, savoury dishes etc went down well with Balbriggan folk and visitors, the talented chefs opened a premises to develop their business further.

It was a pleasure to see my vision of what the Market each Friday morning on the Square in Balbriggan could do. Likewise when I began Irish classes in the Bracken Court Hotel, I had a vision this could lead to establishing a local Gaelscoil. I called a public meeting to get a Coiste Bunaithe elected to make this vision a reality. Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigin and the other Gaelscoileanna in Dublin North are now so successful that tonight there is another public meeting to progress the establishment of a secondary Irish medium Gaelcholáiste Ghlór na Mara. I am very impressed by the calibre of volunteers who are doing the heavy lifting in this project and hopefully this latest vision will become a reality before long as well.

Off now to canvass more of Ros Eo this evening, before that public meeting in Halla and Bhaile, Baile Brigín.

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