Anne Campbell Selected for 2019 Local Elections

Louth Sinn Fein have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk & Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.

Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run in Mid-Louth with his running mate not yet determined.

Dundalk Carlingford has the two sitting councilors selected, Antóin Watters and Edel Corrigan with new face Eugene Garvey from Dundalk.

In Dundalk South the three sitting Councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Ruairi Ó Murchú and Anne Campbell.

Ann Campbell was proposed on behalf of the Watters Brothers Cumann by Pat McVeigh who thanked Anne for all her work since she was co-opted 14 months ago. Anne hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. “Her appointment to the Regional Health Forum has been instrumental in furthering our health and Louth Hospital campaign.” Anne was seconded by Leigh Walsh.

Watters Brothers Cumann

Speaking after the convention, Cllr Campbell said that “the last 14 months have been the best in my life. I have met so many people from all walks of life and it is very satisfying to be able to make a difference in people’s lives, even if it is just to offer support to them in a time of need.”

Anne wanted to especially “thank my husband Laurence and my two sons Connla and Cillian. Without Laurence’s support and those of my boys, it wouldn’t be possible for me to spend so much time and energy in carrying out my job as a Councillor.”

“I am looking forward to continuing the work of the past 14 months and am always grateful for any help.”

Anne with the other candidates selected and our 2 TDs

If you would like to help out in Anne’s campaign please contact her or call into the SF office 1 – 2 Crowe Street. All help is appreciated, leafleting, postering, canvassing, whatever you can do…

Anne can be contacted through social media, the office in Dundalk or Watters Brothers Facebook page.

 

 

 

Antóin Watters Selected for 2019 Local Elections

Louth Sinn Féin have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk and Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.

In Mid-Louth Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run with his running mate not yet determined.

In Dundalk South, the three current Councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Anne Campbell and Ruairí Ó Murchú, the latter two facing election for the first time having been co-opted within the last 14 months.

In Dundalk Carlingford, the two sitting Councillors Edel Corrigan and Antóin Watters were selected together with a new face, Eugene Garvey, an activist from the St Nicholas’ area of Dundalk.

Antóin Watters was nominated by Jim Loughran from the Campbell Donnelly Cumann. Jim was a former Councillor and retired about 18 months and Antóin was co-opted onto his seat. He was seconded by activist Tommy Eccles.

Antóin has worked tirelessly (no pun intended) since he has taken over. His area has been plagued with tyres and heavy duty fly tipping and Antóin has been devising ways to tackle this scourge, along with a variety of rural challenges that are faced by his constituents. Brexit has also been at the top of his list of priorities as the uncertainty around the effect it will have on the border areas grows at an alarming rate.

Antóin was supported on the night by his beautiful wife Fionnghuala and was upstaged by his new baby Éanna who stole the show.

Speaking after the convention, Watters said “I am humbled and honoured to have been put forward and subsequently selected and look forward to continuing to represent the people of Dundalk Carlingford to the best of my ability. I want to thank Campbell Donnelly Cumann for all their help and especially Jim Loughran who is always there to give me guidance and advice at every turn.”

Watters continued “I want to especially thank Fionnghuala for her unending support and love. She never complains when I’m home late or have to attend yet another meeting. I appreciate everything she does for me, thank you.”

Antóin with the other candidates selected and our 2 TDs

If you would like to help out in Antóin’s campaign please contact him through his facebook page or call into the SF office at 1-2 Crowe Street. Your help would be greatly appreciated and everyone has their part to play, be it leafleting, postering, campaigning, organizing, admin, driving or whatever your skill may be.

Pearse McGeough Selected for 2019 Council Elections

Louth Sinn Féin have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk and Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.

In Dundalk South, the three current Councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Anne Campbell and Ruairí Ó Murchú, the latter two facing election for the first time having been co-opted within the last 14 months.

In Dundalk Carlingford, the two sitting Councillors Edel Corrigan and Antóin Watters were selected together with a new face, Eugene Garvey, an activist from the St Nicholas’ area of Dundalk.

In Mid-Louth Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run with his running mate not yet determined.

Pearse was nominated by the Geeney McGeough Cumann, of which he is a founder member, based in Mid-Louth. Séan Geeney proposed Cllr McGeough and activist Hugh Finegan seconded him.

Pearse has been a Republican all his life and is heavily involved in the community in many projects. He 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.

He is a proud member of the O’Connells GFC and an enthusiastic supporter

A native of Kilsaran, Pearse 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. He topped the poll again in 2014.

Pearse was elected Chair of the Ardee Municipal District this year for the first time together with being Chair of the Joint Policing Committee for Mid-Louth. The community in Mid-Louth have faced a challenging time this year which hasn’t been helped by cuts to Garda resources. Pearse is a great believer in Community involvement in all aspects of life and especially policing.

Speaking after the convention, McGeough said “I am humbled and honoured to have been put forward and subsequently selected and look forward to continuing to represent the people in Mid-Louth to the best of my ability.”

 

Pearse with the other candidates selected and our 2 TDs

 

Eugene Garvey Selected For Dundalk Carlingford

Louth Sinn Féin have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk and Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.

In Mid-Louth Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run with his running mate not yet determined.

In Dundalk South, the three current councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Anne Campbell and Ruairí Ó Murchú, the latter two facing election for the first time having been co-opted within the last 14 months.

In Dundalk Carlingford, the two sitting Councillors Edel Corrigan and Antóin Watters were selected together with a new face, Eugene Garvey, an activist from the St

Eugene, wife Claire and daughter Saoirse

Nicholas’ area of Dundalk.

Eugene is a 34 year old married father of two and has been a Republican all of his life. He has been a member of Sinn Féin and a community activist for over 15 years.

Eugene is a qualified accountant and is involved in a number of charities and is especially passionate about the issue of homelessness.

Eugene has been in the position of renting a home and also having to travel for work so he understands the challenges faced by people in today’s uncertain climate.

Speaking after the convention, Garvey said “I am humbled and honoured to have been put forwarded and subsequently selected by the Halpenny Worthington Watters Cumann and look forward to joining the Sinn Féin team on Louth County Council.”

At the 2014 Local elections, Sinn Féin lost out on the third seat in Dundalk Carlingford by the narrowest of margins. Fianna Fail beat JJ Quigley by just 4 votes.

Eugene Garvey will be working hard to take that third seat in 2019.

7 selected candidates and 2 TDs

If you want to help out in Eugene’s campaign then please contact him via facebook or you can contact the Sinn Fein office at 1-2 Crowe Street.

Please support Eugene’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Elect-Eugene-Garvey-for-Sinn-Féin-571078723346337/

 

Byrne: relevant stakeholders input needed in advance of Rough Sleeper Count

Speaking at this week’s Municipal District of Drogheda meeting, Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne queried the local authorities’ plans in advance of this year’s annual rough sleeper count.

The previous two years have both returned a count of zero rough sleepers, something that Cllr Byrne was very shocked and vocal about on both occasions, even offering to escort Council officials to people who were sleeping rough within walking distance of the Council offices.

Cllr Byrne had requested after the 2017 count that the Council liaise with the relevant stakeholders in advance. Following up on that request this week she said “Drogheda Homeless Aid, Drogheda Cares for The Homeless and The Red Door, among others, are the NGO’s on the ground on a daily basis, these are the people the Local Authority need to take their lead from on this issue. It won’t serve any purpose for another inaccurate count of zero to be returned.”

Cllr Byrne then called on the Local Authority to “liaise with the Public Representatives in each area in advance of all rough sleeper counts so that they can be aware of the hotspots known to the members and include them on their route.”

Rough Sleepers from last year – yet the count was ZERO

Newly appointed Director of Service’s for Housing, Paddy Donnelly, concurred with Councillor Byrne’s concerns and agreed he would ensure plans be put in place before the upcoming count to engage with all the relevant stakeholders stating that “Louth County Council want to be in a position to offer those sleeping on the streets the particular help that they need at that time” and they “would work with all organisations to ensure an accurate count is returned and that help is given.”

Cllr Joanna Byrne said “an accurate count gives a true picture of the needs and help that is required enabling everyone concerned to provide adequate resources and help those who most need it.”