Market Square: ‘Open it to the community, close it to the vandals’

first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal, Councillor Gerry McMonagle, says that the Market Square in Letterkenny should be ‘opened up to the community and closed down to the vandals’.Sinn Féin Councillor McMonagle was speaking at the monthly meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District, at which he called on an investigation to be carried out to explore what work needed to be done to the Market Square to make the area ’safer and free from vandalism’.Last month, statues at the Market Square were vandalised. The statues depict local children at a hiring fair day in Letterkenny and are one of the town’s most notable and recognisable structures. One of the statues was knocked over and damaged and was found near where it had been standing.A similar motion was tabled by Fine Gael Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh, who asked that the trees be cut back so that the area was ‘opened to view’.The area is covered by CCTV that is jointly operated by Donegal County Council and An Garda Siochana.“The hedgerows and trees are completely blocking out the central area of the square and this is allowing these anti-social acts and acts of vandalism,” Councillor McMonagle said. “The square is the jewel in the main street and attracts a lot of people.“The growth and foliage restricts people’s use of the Market Square.”Councilor McMonagle suggested that a meeting be held with the Tidy Towns committee, environmental officials and the town gardener.He said: “It is a very ornamental area and gets glowing reports in the Tidy Towns. It’s usage as a public space is being diminished because of the trees and the shrubbery.“We need to open it up to the community and close it down to the vandals – we need to allow the CCTV to work in the favour of everyone.” Councillor McMonagle said that the band stand at the Market Square could be used more extensively and added: “We have stone in there commemorating Jason Black climbing Everest, but you wouldn’t know it’s there.“We have CCTV and lighting there and it hasn’t stopped this type of incident or identified the people responsible for the damage.”Market Square: ‘Open it to the community, close it to the vandals’ was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Councillor Gerry McMonagleletterkennyMarket Squarelast_img read more

As Oil Tax Referendum Nears Dems Try Making Bet With Governor

first_imgA pair of Anchorage Democrats are calling on Gov. Sean Parnell to pass legislation serving as a guarantee that the new oil tax system will lead to more production on the North Slope.State Sens. Hollis French and Bill Wielechowski announced on Tuesday that they want Parnell to call a special session and pass a bill that would add a sunset to the new tax system, which caps oil taxes at 35 percent. Using a 55-gallon Citgo drum and a one-dollar bill as props, French explained that the idea was to have the state go back to the old system should Parnell’s new tax law not result in at least one more 42-gallon barrel of production — or one more dollar of revenue — than is currently forecast for the year 2019.FRENCH: So, we’re here today to present a challenge to the governor – a very simple challenge. The challenge boils down to two readily available ideas that Alaskans can understand: a barrel, a barrel of oil, and a dollar, a dollar of revenue.French and Wielechowski said they would withdraw their support for an August ballot referendum to repeal that same law, were Parnell to support their idea.That’s not going to happen. Shortly after the press conference, House Speaker Mike Chenault issued a statement calling the proposal “political theater” and “sour grapes” from the Legislature’s Democratic Minority. The Vote No on One campaign, an industry group that wants to keep the new tax law in place, also characterized the proposal as a stunt. The governor’s office did not return a request for comment.last_img read more