Gerry Adams T.D.
Gerry Adams has been President of Sinn Fein since 1983. He is the Teachta Dála (TD) for Louth and East Meath.
Gerry Adams was born in 1948.
He became involved in the civil rights campaign in the 1960s and was active in campaigns around discrimination in housing and equal rights.
He was interned without trial in 1972. In July 1972 he was released to participate in secret talks in London. After his re-arrest he tried to escape and was imprisoned. He was released in 1976.
In 1984 he was shot and seriously wounded by a unionist death squad working in collusion with British Intelligence.
Gerry Adams and John Hume initiated the peace process which succeeded in bringing an end to the conflict. He was one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement which of all-Ireland political institutions and a power sharing Executive in the north of Ireland.
In 2011 he resigned his seat in the British Parliament and was subsequently elected to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) in the general election of February 2011.
He is also the author of 13 books, including: A Pathway to Peace, The Politics of Irish Freedom and Selected Writings, A New Ireland – A Vision for the Future; his autobiographies Before the Dawn and Hope and History – Making Peace in Ireland, An Irish Voice and An Irish Journal.
Cllr. Kenneth Flood
Bio of Councillor Kenneth Flood, Sinn Fein Louth Drogheda Ward.
Kenneth Flood is 36 years old and is engaged to Jenny and has two young children.
After finding himself unemployed for a short period, having been made redundant in 2010, Kenneth has found employment for the past four years with a US Pharmaceutical Multinational firm in Dublin. It was Kenneth’s experience of buying a home at the height of the boom that spurred him to run in the local elections. He knows only too well, how home-owners have been left short-changed thanks to the cosy bond between un-elected and seemingly unaccountable council officials and the developers. Kenneth promises to campaign to get the council to belatedly fulfill its obligations.
Kenneth has been a community volunteer and activist for many years. Since moving to Drogheda from Dublin in 2007, he re-founded and has chaired The Aston Village Residents Association and has been the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Termon Abbey and Aston Village which meant liaising closely with the Gardaí Community Policing Unit. He also established and was elected Chairperson of the Termon Abbey/Aston Village Playground Group.
Kenneth, is campaigning for proper community facilities and services in Drogheda. He has been extremely vocal and active on getting Drogheda’s water infrastructure and support services up to a standard the people of Drogheda deserve.
He will pursue a comprehensive traffic management and parking plan for the town. He also promises to pursue the developers to finish all the estates in Drogheda and for the council to take charge of them.
Contact details for Kenneth;
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Cllr. Alan Cassidy
Coincillor Alan Cassidy,Sinn Fein Louth , Drogheda Ward.
Alan Cassidy is twenty eight years old, and is from the Hill of Rath in Tullyallen. He attended Tullyallen National School and St. Mary’s Diocesan Secondary School in Drogheda. Following on from this Alan attended DkIT where he received a Higher Degree in Cultural Studies.
At college he became involved with Sinn Féin Republican Youth and participated in a number of national campaigns and since leaving college, has continued to be active in the Party.
Over the course of the current recession, while supporting a young family, Alan has been unemployed and understands the human cost associated with bad political decisions. He is now currently employed by the supermarket chain, Aldi.
As promised, since Alan has been elected to the Council he has kept his word that he would not just be a person who rubberstamps the decisions of officials. He will continue to be a vocal Sinn Féin activist. He will stand up for ordinary people at the coalface of cutbacks. He will oppose reduction of services and continue to highlight inequality and argue for greater provision of services for the people of Drogheda.
Contact details for Alan;
Phone: 085 7396995
Cllr. Imelda Munster
Bio of Cllr Imelda Munster, Sinn Féin Louth Drogheda Ward.
Poll Topper, Imelda Munster is married to Niall and mother of two teenage girls living in Melifont Park, originally from Ballsgrove. Imelda was elected to Louth County Council representing the Drogheda East area in 2004 and when she was re-elected in 2009 to both Drogheda Borough Council and Louth County Council, gave up her job to become a full time public representative, meeting constituents on an almost daily basis in the town’s Sinn Féin constituency office.
A member of Sinn Féin for over 28 years, Imelda is a committed and tireless worker for the party and her constituents and has a reputation for sticking with an issue until it is completed to her satisfaction. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and equality, campaigning against government cuts, believing that Sinn Fein’s economic and social policies of ‘putting people first’ is the solution for many families in Drogheda who are struggling because of the government policies of austerity and cutbacks.
Imelda is never afraid to tackle issues in the Council or the media whether it is hospital closure, road safety or lack of resources in the town, she has aggressively pursued unscrupulous developers and worked for better planning enforcement in Drogheda. Imelda believes water is a basic human right and is opposed to the introduction of domestic water charges.
A committed trade unionist, former Chair of both Louth and Drogheda Sinn Féin, Secretary of the Cottage Hospital Action Group and a member of the Louth/Meath Education and Training Board.
Contact details for Imelda;
Phone: 087 7586320
Mid Louth Councillors
Cllr. Pearse McGeough
Bio of Cllr. Pearse McGeough,Sinn Fein Louth Ardee.
Councillor Pearse McGeough, a native of Kilsaran, was first elected to Louth County Council in 2004 topping the poll with 1,425 first preference votes for the Ardee Electoral Area. In 2009 he was re-elected to Louth County Council and elected to Ardee Town Council.
Pearse has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Mid-Louth and further afield. He has shown leadership by being involved in the setting up of the local Community Alert Group which works to ensure that residents, particularly the elderly, are safe in their communities.
Pearse is a member of the council’s Strategic Housing Policy Group. Since his election in 2004 he has been a member of the east Border Region Committee which embraces 10 councils in the northeast and was elected to the vice-chair in 2013.
A lifelong Republican, Pearse is a founder member of the Geeney McGeough Sinn Féin Cumann in the Castlebellingham/Kilsaran, Dunleer, Dromiskin and Annagassan areas and has held many senior positions within the party. An enthusiastic GAA supporter, Pearse is a committee member of the O’Connells Gaelic Football Club.
Contact details for Pearse;
Phone: 086 8135447
Cllr. Tom Cunningham
Bio of Councillor Tom Cunningham,Sinn Fein Louth Ardee
Tom Cunningham is a native of Clogherhead and lives there with his partner Sinead and their three daughters. He was educated at Callystown National School and St Joseph’s C.B.S. Drogheda. He is a ceiling fixer by trade, and was a member of R.N.L.I. for about 20 years having helped save many lives at sea during that time.
Tom is a keen sports enthusiast. He is a former player with the Dreadnots G.F.C. and was selected for the committee this year and is now involved in coaching juveniles at the club. He is also an avid supporter of Glasgow Celtic F.C. There is an established political tradition in Tom’s family, with his uncle and grandfather, (both called Pat Carr), being past mayors of Drogheda.
Tom is a founder member of the Tim Flannigan Sinn Féin Cumann, and is the first member of his family to represent the party in an election. Tom contested the 2004 Local Elections along with Councillor Imelda Munster for the Drogheda East Electoral area. While he did not get elected, he polled over 700 votes. He was the first candidate from Clogherhead to stand for Sinn Féin.
Among his other interests Tom lists Irish history and a deep concern for the environment. Along with Councillor Munster, he organises the beach clean up with the Clogherhead Scouts and Beavers annually at The Little Strand beach.
Contact details for Tom;
Dundalk South Councillors
Cllr. Jennifer Green
Bio of Cllr Jennifer Green, Sinn Fein Louth candidate for the May 22nd 2014 Local Elections in the Dundalk South Ward.
Jennifer Green is a past pupil of Dun Lughaidh Secondary School and has received a Higher Degree in Management of Cultural Enterprises from DkIT. She originally hails from the Lower Point Road and now resides in Mulholland Avenue. She is a mother of two and has been active in Sinn Féin for many years.
Jennifer was co-opted onto Dundalk Town Council in April 2010 and was honoured to be elected as the Cathaoirleach of that Council in 2012. She will be contesting the 2014 local elections in the Dundalk South Electoral area along with her Party colleagues Kevin Meenan and Tomás Sharkey.
When elected, Jennifer promises to be a very strong voice for the people of County Louth. “If it were not for the Sinn Féin members of Dundalk Town Council, the powers that be would have sold off the Market Square and we would now be looking at a white elephant and this is only one example!” Jennifer Green will continue the Sinn Féin tradition of being the Party that never wavers from asking the hard questions and will continue to work towards equality for all at every step and turn.
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Cllr. Tomás Sharkey
Bio of Cllr Tomás Sharkey, Sinn Fein Louth candidate for the May 22nd 2014 Local Elections in the Dundalk South Ward.
Tomás Sharkey is a native of Blackrock and has lived in Muirhevna Mór and Kilkerley. He studied at Queen’s University of Belfast and the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. Is múinteoir Gaeilge é working with the Department of Education in providing training for teachers. He is married to local business woman Caroline Slevin and they reside in Knockbridge.
Tomás replaced Arthur Morgan as a County Councillor in 2003. He has represented the Dundalk/Carlingford electoral area and now represents the Dundalk South area since 2009 when he topped the poll. He has represented the people of Louth on the HSE Regional Health Forum and worked tirelessly to oppose the downgrading of Louth County Hospital. Tomás sits on the Louth/Meath Education and Training Board and he spearheaded the opening of Coláiste Lú, a new all Irish second level school which opened its doors in September 2013.
He has led a number of initiatives to improve transparency and accountability in the Local Authority and when elected, will continue to do so.
Contact details for Tomás:
Phone: 087 9090629
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tomassharkey Web: https://www.tomassharkey.com
Cllr. Kevin Meenan
Bio of Cllr Kevin Meenan, Sinn Fein Louth candidate for the May 22nd 2014 Local Elections in the Dundalk South Ward.
Kevin has been an active member of Sinn Féin for over twenty years, holding various positions in his local cumann. He was elected Councillor fourteen years ago and is currently the longest serving Sinn Féin representative in County Louth. He has successfully stood in four local elections and topped the poll in three of them. He has held the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair within Dundalk Town Council and has been on numerous committees: housing, planning, education and infrastructure. As an active member of his community, Kevin spent many years as a youth worker and is currently a member of a wide number of community groups in The Holy Family Parish.
In the past fourteen years he has dealt with thousands of representations on behalf of the people of Dundalk and surrounding areas, particularly in relation to housing, drug issues & anti-social behaviour and when Kevin is elected to represent the Dundalk South electoral area, he will continue this tireless work on behalf of the people of Louth.
Dundalk Carlingford Councillors
Cllr Edel Corrigan
Bio of Cllr Edel Corrigan, Sinn Fein Louth candidate for the May 23rd 2014 Local Elections in the Dundalk Carlingford Ward.
Edel Corrigan has been a Sinn Féin elected representative to Louth County Council since 2009. She hails from Ballymascanlon and is currently living in Dundalk town. She is a past pupil of Dun Lughaidh and DkIT and has worked for a number of years locally in hospitality as well as a Health and Safety Advisor throughout Ireland.
Edel is a member of the Young Female Caucus recently established National Women’s Council of Ireland and has a keen interest in women’s issues and equality. She also has a great interest in youth development and support through encouraging young people to take ownership of social leadership roles in their areas of interest.
Edel has a keen interest in the development of cross border, regional relations and the co-ordination of economic planning on an all-Ireland basis. She promotes this through her work as a member of the Memorandum of Understanding Committee between Louth County Council, Newry and Mourne and Down District Council, as well as the Transport and Cross Border Strategic Policy Committee of Louth County Council.
As a member of Sinn Féin, Edel has a strong belief in equality for all and Sinn Féin goals for an accountable local government. “When elected, I will oppose the politics of cronyism and exclusion which has been at the heart of political culture in the past and the present. For too long now, connections to those in government have allowed certain groups and individuals to enjoy positions of privilege. That has to come to an end.” Sinn Féin is clear where we stand and in whose interests we stand for. Edel will work to ensure that there are adequate systems of protection of minorities’ rights and checks and balances built into governance arrangements.
Contact details for Edel;
Phone: 085 8476660
Cllr Jim Loughran
Bio of Cllr Jim Loughran, Sinn Fein Louth candidate for the May 23rd 2014 Local Elections in the Dundalk Carlingford Ward.
Jim Loughran is a native of Ravensdale and has lived there all his life. He is married to Rose and they have a grown up family. He was an active trade unionist for many years and is an experienced negotiator. As well as having a keen interest in GAA, Jim has always been an active member of his community and currently holds the Chair of the Ravensdale Community Alert Committee.
Jim was first elected onto Louth County Council in 2004 representing the Dundalk Carlingford electoral area and was re-elected in 2009 to serve a second term along with his colleague Edel Corrigan. He currently represents the people of Louth on the Border Regional Authority and is a member of the Future Planning Economic Strategic Policy Committee of Louth County Council as well as holding the vice-chair position on the Dundalk Joint Policing Committee and hopes to continue this valuable work when he is elected for a third time.