CCTV pole block­ing statute to visit of Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton

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IT was one of the big­gest days in Dun­dalk’s his­tory, when Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton took to the stage at Earl Street to ad­dress the tens of thou­sands who had trav­elled to Louth for his his­toric visit nearly 18 years ago.

A me­mo­rial placed in hon­our of the visit was lo­cated at the spot where he made his his­toric speech, say­ing: ‘You know, I feel at home here. And so, even though I can’t claim to have a granny buried in Castle­town, I hope you won’t call me a blow-in,’ and ‘ The me­mo­rial con­tin­ues to be an on­go­ing at­trac­tion for visi­tors and lo­cals alike.

But, speak­ing at the Septem­ber meet­ing of Dun­dalk Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, Cllr. Maria Doyle said there were prob­lems with it be­ing lo­cated so close to a CCTV pole.

‘I know that it is a pop­u­lar place for peo­ple to take pho­to­graphs. It may seem triv­ial, but it is some­thing we have in­vested in.’

She said that it ‘can’t be pho­tographed from ei­ther side be­cause of the pole block­ing it,’ and asked the coun­cil to look at what could be done.

Director of Ser­vice, Frank Pentony said it would be ‘very ex­pen­sive’ to move the CCTV pole. But he un­der­took to look into the is­sue.

The statute to com­mem­o­rate the visit of Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton in Earl Street.

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