Local Election Candidate for Shannon
Betty Walsh is Vice Chairperson of the Limerick City Branch of the SocDems and a member of the National Council. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Youth and Community Work from UCC and an M.A in Gender Culture and Society from U.L.
She has a background in Welfare Rights provision, Adult Education and Youth Work. Betty has been actively involved in politics for over 30 years and has extensive experience of both referenda and election campaigning.
Betty’s interests include health care issues affecting older people, the housing crisis and youth education. Betty joined the Social Democrats because she saw a progressive Party with fresh ideas and commitment to rejuvenating Irish politics thus creating a just society for everyone.
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Found these adverts for the sale of the first houses in Shannon Banks, 52 yrs ago. I wonder who bought the Show House? I imagine some of the first occupiers are still living there. ... See MoreSee Less
This is a press statement which I put out recently calling for better Garda resources for the area.
Social Democrats candidate Betty Walsh has called on local and national representatives to begin the process of “future proofing” policing in the Shannon Banks, Westbury and Carrig Midhe areas of County Clare. Ms. Walsh, a Shannon Banks resident who will contest the Shannon Municipal District in May’s Local Elections, said residents often feel left down by the lack of police resources available to them:
“I acknowledge that the Gardaí in Ardnacrusha do an excellent job despite the lack of resources. There are only three full time Gardaí assigned to the station and this is totally inadequate for an area of that size. The station covers the areas of Ardnacrusha, Meelick, Clonlara, Parteen, Shannon Banks, Westbury and Carrig Midhe. It’s impossible to properly serve all these areas with just three Gardaí.”
Ms. Walsh believes that the location of the Ardnacrusha station needs to be changed in order to make it better equipped to respond to the needs of the area: “The current location of the station next to the ESB power station is far from ideal,” she said. “It is, in effect, in rural County Clare. It needs to be more centrally located; ideally in the urban part of the Ardnacrusha policing district. This would allow for the deployment of community police officers which are urgently needed.”
Ms. Walsh’s comments come in the midst of several plans for development and expansion in the area in the coming years. The Northern Relief Road, due to begin construction this year, will connect the area with Coonagh, Castletroy and Annacotty. Additionally, a new University town is being proposed adjacent to the old Burlington Factory and at the back of the University of Limerick.
“There are a number of plans for the area, all of which will bring enormous benefit in the shape of new jobs and housing,” she added. “This will see the population increase substantially in the next ten to fifteen years. We need to start the discussion on how to future proof the policing of the area immediately.
“I am calling on all stakeholders - Councillors, Clare County Council, Dáil Deputies, the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner - to engage in this process. The knock on effect of a properly located, fully resourced Garda Station for the Westbury/Shannon Banks area is enormous. It would take pressure of Mayorstone and Henry Street and allow them to police their own areas more effectively.” ... See MoreSee Less
Good response in Carraig Midhe tonight. ... See MoreSee Less
Great stuff! We used to live in 74 😊
Out in Sixmilebridge this beautiful morning and met some of my potential voters!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Found these adverts for the sale of the first houses in Shannon Banks, 52 yrs ago. I wonder who bought the Show House? I imagine some of the first occupiers are still living there.
On the banks of the #Shannon in #Corbally #Limerick this evening
Clare County Council, in association with An Taisce, is urging people in every corner of Clare to get involved in cleaning up the county as part of the 21st annual National Spring Clean Campaign.