Continuing with our community empowerment initiatives, the Revolutionary Republican Party, Saoradh took to the streets yesterday [November 26] in a number of areas of Newry to campaign on community concerns.
Acting on wishes expressed by local residents, Saoradh Ard Mhacha have furthered our community empowerment project in the Newry area.
Road safety concerns, anti-social issues and the state of roads were all highlighted as our activists engaged with the local community.
Our first stop was John F Kennedy Park where local resident, and Saoradh activist, Mickey Doran took party members on a walkabout of the area. We spoke to several residents who all raised the issue of the state of the roads in the area which are littered with potholes.
Commenting on the issue Mickey said “This is an ongoing issue in this area and residents are up in arms about it. Residents cars end up being damaged due to continually driving over these unavoidable holes in the road.
“This is in stark contrast to the nearby Cloughreagh area who have had road improvements.”
Mickey continued “I speak to members of the local community on a daily basis and they are all singing off the same hymsheet. Saoradh will be contacting the Department for Infrastructure Roads (DfI Roads) on behalf of the residents and we will be urging them to repair these roads urgently”.
Saoradh’s next stop was Derrybeg. Here we focused on several issues including anti-social behaviour and road safety concerns.
Party members toured the estate with local Saoradh activists and community workers Stephen Murney and Anthony Coyle. We met and spoke with a large number of residents who showed appreciation for our activism in recent weeks and months. In their own words “It’s great to see someone on the streets doing something positive for a change”.
Commenting on Saoradh’s activism in the area Stephen Murney said “Many local members of the community have contacted us regarding several issues, in particular road safety and anti-social behaviour. In response to the residents concerns we have commissioned signage that we erected today in the areas impacted by these issues.
“Saoradh activists erected sinage in the estate calling for motorists to watch their speed and for people to respect our elderly residents.
“In an ongoing issue we also erected signs on the busy Camlough Road. Residents have been waiting for a road improvement upgrade for two years, upgrades which myself and others personally secured from the Road Service.
“We raised this issue with the road agency again earlier this month and It has now been passed to the Network Development and Traffic Team in Craigavon.
“Therefore our activists have now taken it upon ourselves to erect temporary signage to make motorists aware of the dangers until these traffic calming measures are eventually put in place.
“We hope that these visual display signs will in some way help our communities and make this stretch of road safer for the residents of Derrybeg, Carnagat and surrounding areas.
“There are also issues regarding street lighting repairs, which we have already reported. We will once again be raising this issue with the relevant body.”
Murney concluded “Saoradh Ard Mhacha will continue to work on behalf of our communities and we thank the local residents for their continued support.”