Sinn Fein’s Cllr Martin Browne is calling for the Town Council to withdraw letters to town residents, requesting the removal of Sky satellite dishes from the front of their houses.
Cllr Browne is asking for common sense to prevail and is asking the council to take into account that people are under severe pressure paying everyday bills, trying to keep their heads above water, and this request is just petty and unnecessary. He wonders why such pressure is being put on people and wants to know what can be gained by removing them from the front wall and placing them on chimneys.
Cllr Browne also wants to know if they considered that this could cost home owners up to €100 charge from Sky. The perception is that because a dish is up on peoples’ front walls they have Sky channels, this is not the case and in a lot of situations families are receiving just free channels which can be picked up through the dish. The councillor says this is putting stress on home owners who, in some cases, have the dishes for over 10 years and wonder why they are been asked to remove them.