At last week’s Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, the Party overwhelmingly supported a motion brought by Drogheda’s Bobby Sands Cumann calling for City Status for Drogheda.
Councillor Kenneth Flood and Imelda Munster TD both spoke on the motion.
Cllr. Kenneth Flood said “I was honoured to propose and speak on this motion for Drogheda at our Ard Fheis. It is my opinion that local representatives have a duty to bring issues as important as this to their parties National Conferences or Ard Fheisenna and to seek their parties support.”
Cllr Flood excplained “A report by Dr Brian Hughes, a lecturer in urban economics which was commissioned by the Drogheda City Status lobby group said that ‘the population of the municipal borough of Drogheda, along with the neighbouring rural areas of Louth and Meath, has increased by almost 80 per cent over two decades, rising from 46,451 to 83,042 in the 2016 census.’ We cannot administer an urban centre with such a population with the powerless and fragmented local government we have at the moment.”
“Drogheda was stripped of its Borough Council in 2014, we were denied our rightful place in the 2002 National Spatial Strategy, left out of the Living Cities Initiative in 2013 and now we seem to have been forgotten when it comes to the current Draft National Planning Framework which will plan for the 26 counties for decades to come.
Drogheda needs City Status and a City Council to administer it. That is now Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis approved position and we will continue to lobby and fight for it until it is achieved.”