The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Tom MacSharry joined the Taoiseach and HSE in urging all citizens to follow the advice on hand washing, cough etiquette, social distancing and self-isolation at this critical time in the battle against Covid-19. 

‘The challenge facing us is unprecedented and requires a response that in other times would be unthinkable’, he said, adding that ‘the primary objective is the welfare of all our citizens, but particularly the vulnerable’.

‘The challenge for families and the community is to ensure that those who need to self-isolate are supported.  It is heartening to witness the coming together of communities in a way that demonstrates the resilience of society.

As we address these very difficult challenges, I am grateful to all agencies for the manner of their response and the arrangements being put in place to continue to provide services while addressing the health and welfare of staff.  That includes the services provided by Sligo County Council and following ongoing consultations with the Executive, I can confirm that the Council will continue to provide its services and remain contactable by its customers, albeit in a different format in order to limit the spread of the virus.  Services will be accessible on-line, by phone, email and with meetings arranged by prior appointment.  A detailed listing of contact details for our services is posted on our Website and will be published in the local media.

The Council sincerely apologises to our customers and citizens for this action which has been necessitated by the unprecedented global public health risk, but we consider that these exceptional measures are necessary in the public interest.    

I again urge people to act responsibly and adhere to the Government and HSE advice over the next critical weeks and months, and for our part we will ensure our customers are fully informed with updates through the media, the Council’s website and social media platforms.

Please take care.’  

Councillor Tom MacSharry
Sligo County Council
18th March 2020