27 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Incidents of anti-social behaviour occurring in and around the grounds of the St Davnet’s campus in Monaghan Town were condemned at the November meeting of the Monaghan Municipal District.

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Conlon said that at a previous meeting he had asked that correspondence be sent to the HSE’s Area Manager for Cavan Monaghan Leo Kinsella in relation to an access point that had been closed off at the St Davnet’s campus, located at the canal bridge near the old farmyard.

Asking that correspondence be reissued in this regard, Colr Conlon said this area had provided ease of access from the greenway to the St Davnet’s grounds.

David Maxwell (Fine Gael) said he had been told that this decision had been taken to limit access to the grounds in order to stop the growth in anti-social behaviour there. “Some significant damage was caused,” Colr Maxwell pointed out.

Paudge Connolly (Independent) said the greenway and the campus were both used as walking areas and the gateway Colr Conlon referred to was a connector between both locations. They couldn’t argue against trying to stop anti-social behaviour but he wasn’t so sure there was evidence that the gateway area was being used by those responsible for it.

Seamus Treanor (Independent) called on the Gardaí to start implementing the town bye-law that prohibited drinking in public.

“There has never been anyone prosecuted in this regard,” Colr Treanor claimed.

Cathaoirleach Robbie Gallagher (Fianna Fáil) said he had also received representations on the closed gateway, and had sent an email to the HSE on the matter and received a reply, which he read to the meeting.

The response Colr Gallagher received pointed out that the St Davnet’s campus was a HSE health and social care facility that delivered key services, and the campus was also…


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