Ardee Pay-parking will be a thing of the past after St Patrick’s Day

Market Street and Castle Street, Ardee - looking South showing Hatch's Castle (at left) and Ardee Castle (centre of picture).

Market Street and Castle Street, Ardee - looking South showing Hatch's Castle (at left) and Ardee Castle (centre of picture).

Pay-parking in Ardee will finally be abolished just after St Patrick’s Day.

Vehicles may still have to be moved after a two-hour period, but the new by-laws will see the final goodbye to paying for parking in the town.

At their recently monthly meeting, Ardee Town Councillors welcomed the news that pay-parking will be abolished.

It was suspended over the Christmas period to help local traders, but it goes for good in March.

Councillors also decided to ask the public for suggestions for a new official name for Castleguard Road which links the Link Road with Hale Street.

Local people and the local schools will be asked to submit suggestions.

Louth Local Authority has a place-names committee which will make the final decision.

Spending money on conferences also arose.

Cllr Pearse McGeough insisted there had been an overspend on conferences last year, but it was pointed out that the fee for membership of the association of municpal authorities should not have been included.

Independent councillor Jim Tenanty said the last two conferences he attended cost each of the two delegates about E175 each.

“I paid for one night at my own expense and paid for my own meals,” Cllr Tenanty said.

Cllr McGeough proposed a for of sympathy with the relatives of Nelson Mandela “one of the world’s finest ever statesmen”. This was passed.

The councillors invited a delegation from the Italian town of Netunno to Ardee for St Patrick’s wekk.

Since both towns were officially twinned a few years ago, officials from Netunno have been visiting Ardee for our national holiday.

Cllr Paudie McKenny received widespread support for his motion that a memorial should be erected in Ardee this year to commemorate all those from the town who lost their lives in the Fist World War, and other conflicts.

Thirty-nine men from Ardee are officially listed as having been killed in the First World War.

It was agreed that a monument to men from Ardee who died in First World War should be erected by the council before the council is abolished next May.


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