At tonight’s meeting of the Duffy Downey Sinn Féin Cumann based in Dundalk South, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú nominated Mary-Lou McDonald to take over as President of Sinn Féin from Gerry Adams. Mr Adams will be standing down as leader and President on 10th February.
Cllr Ó Murchú said “I nominated Mary Lou McDonald for the position of Uachtarán Shinn Féin and it was unanimously endorsed by my Cumann. This nomination tonight is alongside nominations from Louth Comhairle Ceantir and Sinn Féin Cumainn throughout the county.”
Duffy Downey Cumann
Ruairí Ó Murchú who is hoping also to replace Mr Adams as TD for Louth and East Meath said “We can never express enough our gratitude to Gerry Adams TD for his exceptional leadership over the decades and also for all that he has done for Louth and East Meath. He has certainly put this constituency on the political map and he has our continued support.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has described a second incident of tyre dumping at Edentubber as a ‘despicable act carried out by despicable people’.
Cllr Watters who visited the site on Sunday said “tyre dumping is threatening to spiral out of control.”
Following on from the dumping of tyres over the Christmas period in Edentubber there has now been another spate of dumping over the weekend.
Cllr Watters said “I visited the site again on Sunday and there has been another load of tyres dumped. Last week at the Dundalk Municipal District meeting I raised the issue of the tyre dumping and requested extra boulders to be placed to stop the perpetrators been able to access the site so easily. This needs to be done as a matter of urgency now.”
“This situation needs to be addressed immediately with a cross community and agency approach to tackle this. In the meantime I would appeal for the community to be vigilant and report anything they see that is suspicious.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood is ‘dismayed and angry’ that roads that have been resurfaced twice in the past four years are once again deteriorating and in need of repair.
Councillor Flood said” It’s almost like Groundhog Day on Drogheda’s damaged roads. I find it incredible that once again I am raising state of the road at Greenhills as an example. I had to lobby for that particular road to be repaired after shoddy work in the past as well as in other areas in the district and here we go again. Are we going to be re-repairing roads throughout the town that have already been repaired in recent years?”
The recent news that roads maintenance budget had been cut by 30% by the government’s Transport Infrastructure Ireland will mean 18% less works done this year in Louth.
Cllr Flood said “This does not bode well for having our roads up to an acceptable standard before The Fleadh in August. Minister Ross and the head of Transport Infrastructure Ireland should come to Louth so we can show him the state of our roads and make the case for our funding to be kept at previous levels. After all, the government are constantly telling us that the economy has recovered but here we are with less money for our roads than before and we’re going to be spending that, in part, re-doing roads done in recent years.
“This is not an acceptable situation, especially as Minister Ross was given additional funding for his department in the recent budget. I and the rest of the Sinn Féin Team will be making this point loud and clear until our roads are properly maintained. Having to re-do works like these over and over again is a false economy and ‘patch-jobs’ cost a lot more in the long run.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú visited the scene on the Avenue Road in Dundalk today following reports of a stabbing incident.
The incident occurred around 9am where one man has died and two others were injured.
Cllr Ó Murchú said “I have spoken to Gardaí and one man has been confirmed dead. The community is in shock and they are appalled to hear what has happened. I want to also commend the actions of the Gardaí as they were summoned to the scene they were able to disarm the attacker and have subsequently arrested him.”
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died and we wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.”