Cllr McGeough Welcomes Extension to Consultation on Ardee Bypass

Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has welcomed the extension to the 31st March deadline for the public consultation on the Ardee Bypass.

Cllr McGeough requested the extension in light of the on-going Covid19 emergency which he says “has hampered efforts by some local people to submit their comments on time. Some of the older community especially, need assistance in the administrative end of things and usually they would seek help from family members or local councillors. However, in light of the Corona Virus and following government advice to stay home and keep a physical distance, it has made the process a bit more difficult and prolonged for them.”

The 31st March deadline has now been extended to 21st April.

Cllr McGeough said “I want to thank Roghan & O’Donovan Engineers for their flexibility in this matter. If anyone wants to submit a comment or needs help to fill out the submission sheet, although I am not able to visit I am still available by phone or email to assist in whatever way I can.”

“The Ardee Bypass is badly needed but we must ensure that it is done correctly and to the community’s satisfaction.”

Anyone who requires a submission form for the Public Consultation or needs any assistance please contact Pearse on 086 813 5447 or alternatively you can email him on pearse.mcgeough@louthcoco.ie

COVID19 ADVICE & Louth SF CONTACT NUMBERS

Louth Sinn Féin has understandably been inundated with concerned citizens regarding the Corona Virus.

There are measures you can take that are within your control:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Work from home if you can
  • Don’t go out unless you have to and stay 2 metres away from other people
  • Avoid callers to your door, there should NOT be any cold or uninvited callers at this time
  • Check on your elderly relatives by telephoning them regularly
  • Check with neighbours, look out for each other

That being said, people are concerned, especially older people or those who are classed as ‘vulnerable’.

Firstly, let us reassure you, there is no shortage of food or supplies, the retailers have confirmed that the retail line is continuing uninterrupted and there is no need for anyone to buy in bulk or panic buy.

Secondly, some shops (Tescos & Lidl so far) are operating an older/vulnerable persons time slot in the stores so that these people can go along and shop in relative quiet and peace. Carers can also take advantage of this early morning slot.

A number of outlets have closed including our constituency offices but we are still available for those with urgent issues. We will arrange to either deal with the issue over the phone or arrange a suitable and safe way to meet with you. You can also contact us through our individual facebook pages or email.

There are also a number of SF activists that are willing to deliver supplies to people who live alone or are older/vulnerable and you can contact your local SF member or Councillor in your area for details.

Our contact numbers are as follows:

Dundalk & Carlingford

Antóin Watters 087 416 5157

Kevin Meenan 085 858 9241

Mid-Louth

Pearse McGeough 086 813 5447

Drogheda & South Louth

Joanna Byrne 087 114 6522

Tom Cunningham 087 371 7884

We have a long road ahead of us but if we all pull together and follow the medical advice then we can minimise the damage this virus will cause.

Cllr Meenan asks people to be vigilant after needles found discarded at bus stop

Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Meenan has asked people to be vigilant after a number of discarded needles were found at a bus stop in Muirhevna Mór.

Cllr Meenan said “it is not unusual to find needles discarded, it happens everywhere unfortunately but it is worrying that they were discarded at a bus stop where children get the bus to school. It is right beside a green area where I have seen people walking dogs and children playing. I would ask people to be vigilant and cautious. Please make sure your children know not to touch the needles and to leave them be and report them either to myself or to Louth County Council.”

Cllr Meenan also had a message for those responsible, “please be aware of the possible consequences of where you are discarding your needles. Places like bus stops and green areas are used by all members of the community including children and pets, I would ask that you are conscious of that.”

The number to report any instances to Louth County Council is:

LoCall 1890 20 23 03  or phone direct on 042 933 5457

Cllr Joanna Byrne endorses Drogheda Girl’s Student Union Campaign in DKIT

                      Cllr Joanna Byrne with candidate Caitlín Connor

 

As campaigning kicked off on Friday in Dundalk Institute of Technology for various Student Union positions, Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne joined fellow Drogheda girl Caitlín Connor on campus to officially endorse her campaign. 

Speaking in DKIT yesterday morning, Cllr Byrne said she was delighted to endorse Caitlín’s campaign, particularly as her flagship policy is to try and end period poverty in the college. 

“Last summer saw me successfully pass a motion in Louth County Council to see the implementation of free sanitary products in all civic offices throughout the County. For a large number of women it is fast becoming a choice between food and these necessary products. These choices are leading to all sorts of follow on issues such as the impact on health not to mention the Human Rights aspect of feeling powerless and excluded, leading to a loss of dignity and self-esteem.

“I have no doubt this is extremely prevalent in the daily lives of students and to see Caitlín run such a vibrant campaign tackling this issue I was only too happy to lend my support. If she is elected I will be happy to work with her on this in conjunction with Homeless Period Ireland.”

Cllr Byrne said “I commend any young woman who puts herself forward for positions like this. To put yourself in the public eye is a very brave thing to do and often a thankless task, but from working with Caitlín over the last couple of weeks it is evident to see she is more than capable and her enthusiasm and tenacity is something to be admired and of course the fact she is such a talented young Drogheda lady makes me twice as proud.”

Endorsing Caitlín, Cllr Byrne said “So, if you want somebody on your Student Union representing you who is passionate about Women’s Issues and stands for Equality, I’m asking you to ‘Give Change A Chance’ next Thursday and Vótáil Caitlín Connor, Uimhir a haon.” 

 

Government must plan for Irish Unity – Ó Murchú

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, needs a reality check on the issue of Irish Unity.

Teachta Ó Murchú said;

“The first parliamentary question which I submitted to the 33rd Dáil was on the subject of Irish Unity. 

“In his reply to me the Tánaiste Simon Coveney says that he is aware of the raft of recent polls, all of which indicate overwhelming and growing support for Irish Unity.

“If this is the case, Minister Coveney has a responsibility to act on this information and begin the process of planning for reunification. 

“However the Minister, in his response, states that he does not believe that the majority of people in the North of Ireland are in favour of constitutional change.

“I challenge his opinion, and the most up to date polling results support my claim. 

“Simon Coveney goes on to say that he thinks a unity referendum  “would only increase uncertainty and division at an already difficult and sensitive time.”

“What evidence does he have that this would be the case?

“What the Minister is really looking for is an excuse to do nothing, to allow the status quo to persist.

“This is not good enough.

“The Minister also states that for the last year the Irish Government has been focussed on securing the ratification and implementation of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

“While I commend the outgoing government on the Brexit negotiations, the truth is that Boris Johnson has already indicated that he intends to ‘get around’ some of the provisions contained within the Withdrawal Agreement.

“The caretaker Minister must know that there is only one permanent solution to Brexit and that is Irish Unity.

“It is imperative that the incoming government, which will hopefully be led by Sinn Féin, is proactive on this issue and that a Green Paper is produced as quickly as possible.

“At this time the only people not talking about Irish Unity is the Irish Government.  This cannot continue, it is negligent and foolhardy of the government not to plan for the future and for Irish Unity.”

 

Recent Poll Details:

46.8% to remain in UK / 45.4% for a United Ireland / 7.8% Don’t know – The Detail/Lucid Talk, 2020

80% of people in the south support Irish unity – The Sunday Times / Panelbase, 2020

77% of people in the south support Irish unity – RTÉ/TG4/RED-C exit poll, 2019

57% of people in the south want a referendum on Irish unity in the next five years – IPSOS-MRBI exit poll, 2020

75% of young people want a referendum on Irish unity in the next five years! – IPSOS-MRBI exit poll, 2020

51% of people in the north support Irish unity – Ashcroft poll, 2019