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Behind those windows......
08-SEP-2009

Behind those windows......

Took this photo on my way to work this morning. It's the Town Hall in Dundalk and behind those windows lies
the Council Chamber where I'm returning this evening to report on a planning meeting of Dundalk Town Council.
Councillors will be briefed on recent planning applications which , in current economic climate, aren't many.
A lot of development did take place in Dundalk during the Celtic Tiger, with new housing estates and shopping centres
springing up, but that has now stopped. The town's streets are lined with vacant shops, there are empty units in the shopping centres, and unsold houses in the estates.
I also suspect that the councillors will also express their opposition to plans to remove services from our local hospital to another hospital 25 miles away. I know that won't sound far to anyone reading this in America or Australia but Irish roads are different to the highways in other countries. In addition the hospital in Drogheda is bursting at the seams
and staff are under enormous pressure as it is. It seems that our hospital will lose its 120 acute beds and instead become a 32 bed 'step-down' facility with an A&E department dealing only with minor injuries. Dundalk, by the way, is Ireland's largest town and has been earmarked by the Government for future development.

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Fay Stout01-Oct-2009 18:25
Serious decisions as many lives may be directly effected. Sometimes in our country we come to take for granted our emegency medical care available within minutes of our homes, yet there are areas here where medical care is far, far away. Time is, so many times, of the essence.
LynnH10-Sep-2009 01:49
Seems foolish to move the hospital from a large town like yours. Perhaps there can be a better compromise? I hope so.
Neal Nye09-Sep-2009 11:32
A wonderful old building. The tilted verticals make it seem even larger and more imposing.
Máire Uí Mhaicín08-Sep-2009 18:53
Planners need to keep a cool head behind these windows as they make decisions that will have major effects on peoples' lives.
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