Cllr Anne Campbell: Minor Injuries Unit in Louth Finally opens to Minors

Cllrs Anne Campbell & Pearse McGeough

Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Campbell has welcomed the long awaited opening of the Minor Injuries Unit in the Louth Hospital to children from 5 years upwards.

Speaking today Cllr Campbell said “after all that waiting and postponement of promises on a number of occasions, the Minor Injuries Unit will finally accept minors for treatment. It is a far cry from full services being restored to our hospital but it is a good start.”

Councillor Campbell, along with the Watters Brothers Cumann have been holding a monthly awareness protest at the hospital gates on the last Friday of every month calling for this and other services to be expended and optimised.

“I have been working on this and keeping the pressure on since the minister announced it two years ago. I, supported by Cllr Pearse McGeough and our TD Gerry Adams refused to let the promise fall by the wayside and ensured it was kept to the forefront of our hospital campaign.”

The Minor Injuries Unit will accept children from 5 years upwards from Monday 24th September 2018.

They will treat:

  • Suspected broken bones to legs from knee to toes
  • Broken arms from collar bone to finger tips
  • All sprains and strains
  • Minor facial injuries (including oral, dental and nasal injuries
  • Minor scalds and burns
  • Wounds, bites, cuts, grazes and scalp lacerations
  • Splinters and fish hooks
  • Foreign bodies in eyes, ears, nose
  • Minor head injuries (fully conscious children, who did not experience loss of consciousness or vomit after the head injury)

Councillor Campbell also pointed out that “this will alleviate the pressure on Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda as well as the pressure on families with children who up until now, had to drive past a Minor Injuries Unit to get to an overstretched unit in Drogheda. This is good news for Dundalk.”

Séan Kenna Cup Held in Dundalk

Eugene Garvey pictured far right

Local activist Eugene Garvey has congratulated the two teams Shamrocks U10s and Redeemer U10s for a fast and lively, not to mention skilful football match as they fought it out to compete for the annual Séan Kenna Cup.

Eugene said “every year we come together to battle it out for the Cup and this year the honour goes to the Redeemer FC who won 3-1 over Shamrocks. Both teams played well and were worthy of the game on the day.”

The game was organized by the Halpenny Worthington Watters Cumann (HWW) in memory of Séan Kenna, a former Sinn Féin Councillor for the area. Sean passed away on 11th December 2012.

Eugene said “Séan loved football and was one of the founders of the Redeemer Athletics Club so we feel this is a very fitting way to remember him and all that he achieved. Séan’s wife Eileen passed away  on 13th January 2016 and it is a day to remember her as well. It was a great day, the weather held up and the

Both teams did themselves proud

U10s from both teams did us all proud.”

The winning team Redeemer FC

Eugene Garvey invited everyone present to “come back next year and we will do it all again.”


Adams urges Irish America Trade Union support for referendum on Unity

Gerry with Terry O’Sullivan President LiUNA & Thomas Callahan President IUOE

Sinn Féin Louth TD and former Party Leader Gerry Adams has just returned from New York where he spoke at a packed meeting of Trade Union leaders organised by the James Connolly Labor Coalition. On Friday evening he was the main speaker at the eighth annual Irish Echo Labor Awards.

Gerry Adams addressed both events on the issues of Brexit and Irish Unity.

Gerry Adams said:

“Brexit presents the most serious social, economic and political threat to the people of the island of Ireland for a generation. The British Conservative government, supported by the Democratic Unionist Party, is determined to drag the North out of the EU.

The current uncertainty around the negotiations between the London government and the EU is adding to an atmosphere of uncertainty and concern. In particular, there are very real dangers posed the imposition of any border checks. There are tens of thousands of jobs at risk in the two economies on the island of Ireland.

The Irish government has a responsibility to defend the democratic vote of the people of the north to remain within the EU and to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement is protected. Whatever the outcome of the current negotiations the rights and entitlements of the people of the North, as envisioned in the Good Friday Agreement, must be protected.”

The Louth TD also urged Irish American trade unionists to add their support to the growing call for a referendum on Irish unity. Mr. Adams said:

“The issue of a unity referendum and the goal of a united Ireland is now a matter of almost daily conversation. Our task as united Irelanders is to achieve these objectives in the shortest possible time with the maximum level of popular support. And we will achieve this sooner with the help and support of Irish America.

The vast majority of people in Ireland and in the Irish diaspora scattered across the globe want a society in Ireland that is based on values of social justice, fairness, equality and decency. This can best be achieved in a new and shared Ireland.”

Finally, Gerry Adams TD commended the initiative by a coalition of Irish American organisations for the McGuinness Principles. Mr. Adams said: “These principles are about implementing the Good Friday Agreement. They are for a Bill of Rights; equality for the Irish language; justice for the victims of conflict and their families; and support for a referendum on Irish unity.

They are modelled on the very successful MacBride Principles campaign against job discrimination. The success of that campaign shows the potential for Irish America achieving the same positive outcome with the McGuinness Principles.”

Cllr Pearse McGeough Condemns Vandalism at Church of Ireland

Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has condemned those responsible for the vandalism which took place recently at the Church of Ireland in Castlebellingham.

Cllr McGeough said “there was no rhyme or reason for this. A wire guard was pulled away from the window and several panes of glass were smashed which of course will have to be replaced at a cost, just for the sake of mindless people ‘having a laugh’.  That is just not good enough.”

Cllr McGeough also asked that people “respect the fact that Church grounds are sacred. I would ask that people not congregate there at the weekends using the porch entrance as shelter. There have been reports of visiting relatives feeling apprehensive as they come to visit their loved ones in the graveyard due to boisterous and anti-social behaviour around the porch. The porch area often has to be washed down before church services can be held on a Sunday morning.”

Cllr McGeough asked if anyone has any knowledge of the vandalism caused at the church to please contact the Gardaí in Castlebellingham. “This is a good community and we all live together and respect each other. Let’s not allow a few mindless people to ruin that.”


After Cllr McGeough visited the Church of Ireland and highlighted the issue on his social media, the community of Castlebellingham expressed their support for the Church and Cllr McGeough received the following letter to the area:

The Church of Ireland community in Castlebellingham and in Mid Louth are most appreciative and wish to acknowledge and thank the community in general for their support in condemning the wanton damage which has taken place recently at the church in Castlebellingham. Wire guards were pulled from a window and numerous panes of glass were broken. We are also indebted to our local councillor Pearse McGeough for highlighting the damage caused by bringing it to public attention through social media.

We firmly believe that the damage done is carried out by a few people with no other motive other than to cause sheer vandalism and disturbance in the area and making it difficult for those wishing to visit the graveyard by using anti-social behaviour in the porch entrance to the church. This behaviour necessitates washing down the porch regularly often on a Sunday morning prior to church service.

We ask anybody who has knowledge of the people involved in this carry-on to let the Gardai in Castlebellingham know or by ringing 041 6871130.

We wish to thank all the people who have given their support to us at this time by condemning the actions of a few mindless vandals. For this we are most grateful.

Yours sincerely,

Rev.Joyce Moore (Assistant Priest, Kilsaran Union of Parishes)


Cllr Antóin Watters Welcomes Positive Council Response on Waste Awareness

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed the response from Louth County Council to his recent motion on the issue at the September meeting.

Cllr Watters said “following the increase in illegal dumping in the north of the County, I put forward a motion asking that Louth Council initiate a county wide awareness campaign to highlight the issue but more importantly to ensure the public are aware of their own responsibilities and the danger to themselves if they use unlicensed waste collectors.”

Cllr Watters explained, “For example, if I pay ‘a man with a van’ to take away a mattress and maybe a settee or some other items and he dumps them at a beauty spot in the Cooley mountains, I am responsible because those items are mine and I did not use someone who holds a waste collection permit. I am responsible and can face fines even though I employed someone in good faith to take away my rubbish.”

“I don’t believe that the public in general are aware this is the law so I have asked for an awareness campaign similar to the one implemented by Meath County Council. I welcome the positive response which stated “The Council’s Environmental Awareness section will liaise with colleagues in Meath County Council to ascertain the effectiveness of their billboard campaign and seek to replicate same if this has proven to have been a successful initiative.

In the meantime, Cllr Watters asked that citizens “use only those waste collectors that hold the appropriate permits and that way you will know exactly where your rubbish is going to end up. Remember, your rubbish, your responsibility.”