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MLA raises dangers elderly residents are facing from unmaintained footpaths.


Sinn Féin MLA Emma Rogan along with Slieve Croob Councillor Róisín Howell have called on Newry, Mourne and Down Council to carry out an urgent clean-up of paths and sidewalks in Castlewellan.


In a statement the Emma Rogan has said;

‘I will be in contact with Council officials and will be asking them to carry out an urgent clean-up of multiple paths and sidewalks in the Castlewellan area.


‘After myself and Councillor Róisín Howell met with some local residents in St Malalchy’s Avenue and Crescent they made us aware of the growing issue that many of them are facing with the paths around their houses being in very dangerous condition.’


‘It was clear that many of these paths are completely covered by moss and dirt, this is not acceptable as this poses a danger to ordinary residents never mind the many elderly residents who are feeling trapped in their own homes. One elderly resident made me aware of how he had slipped just meters away from his house causing serious injuries to himself. In this day and age, this is completely unacceptable, and we should be making sure no elderly person feels like a prisoner in their own home, this applies from Castlewellan to Downpatrick and all across both South Down and Ireland.’


Local Sinn Féin Councillor Róisín Howell added


‘I am very thankful for the help I have received from my party colleague Emma Rogan in highlighting this issue. Being from Castlewellan myself I know that there are large amounts of elderly people living in this area and it is deeply worrying hearing that some have been injured as a result of these pathways not being properly cleaned and weeded on a regular basis and we will be in contact with the relevant agency’s to raise this concerns and make sure that the action needed is carried out’.