Drogheda Hunger Strike Commemoration on Saturday 9th Sept

Sinn Féin in Drogheda will hold its annual commemoration to Ireland’s twenty two hunger strikers this Saturday 9th September.

The Commemoration leaves Bolton Square at 2.30pm and will march to the monument at Grove Hill.

In attendance this year, as in previous years, will be the Rising Phoenix Republican Fife band from Dublin and the local colour party.

As in past commemorations held in Drogheda, the speech will be given by a former Republican prisoner. This year the speech will be given by Síle Darragh who was the IRA Officer in Command in Armagh Gaol during the hunger strike in 1980 until her release in 1981.

The commemoration will be chaired by Cllr David Saurin and all are welcome to attend.

New Sinn Féin Line up for Dundalk South

L-R Ruairí O Murchú, Anne Campbell & Cllr Tomás Sharkey

Louth Sinn Féin held a convention this evening to formally nominate two new councillors to replace current Councillors Kevin Meenan and Jennifer Green who are standing down.

Cllr Kevin Meenan who stood down for health reasons will be replaced by Bay Estate man Ruairí O Murchú. Ruairí attended the Gael Scoil in Muirhevnamor and then St. Joseph’s NS where his father Gerry Murphy was principal.

Ruairí is married to Annemarie and is father to two sons and a stepson. He has worked in several positions for Sinn Féin both locally and regionally and is presently with the party’s Election Department.

Although he labels himself a novice, Ruairí is passionate about sports and enjoys boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing, running and mountain walking.

He is committed to the core Sinn Féin principles of Irish unity and creating a more just and equal society for all. He is a dedicated political activist who aims to listen to and serve the community and to continue the work on the ground of Cllr Kevin Meenan.

Jennifer Green also stood down from her role as Councillor to focus on her family.

Anne Campbell and out-going Cllr Jennifer Green

Speaking this evening Jennifer said “since I stood for election in 2014 I have had my third child. I feel I need to focus on and devote more time to my children. I feel I would be doing the people of Dundalk South a disservice if I couldn’t devote my full attention to constituency work. I am delighted to nominate Anne and I know she will be a fantastic asset to the team.”

Jennifer Green will be replaced by Anne Campbell. Anne is originally from Coalisland in Co Tyrone and has been living in Dundalk for over twenty years. She is married to Laurence and they have two sons aged nine and seven. Her parents Mary and Pat Campbell currently reside in Ravensdale.

Anne’s name will be familiar to those in Dundalk as she worked for the Democrat and more recently The Argus.

Through her journalism work Anne has built up a wide range of contacts in many walks of life; business, Gardaí, the public sector, health etc. She has developed an expertise in a number of aspects of the town particularly the criminal justice system in which she has retained a deep interest.

Anne has helped many people over the years sometimes by printing their stories but more often than not, helping them get in touch with those in authority or asking questions on their behalf. It is this aspect of her work that Anne enjoyed and will help her in her constituency work as a councillor.

Anne wants to help build a new Ireland where people without a voice will be heard and it will be an equal society where everyone is included.

Anne Campbell, Imelda Munster TD and Ruairí O Murchú

Louth Sinn Féin want to thank out-going Cllrs Kevin Meenan and Jennifer Green for all their dedication and hard work over the past number of years and we wish them health and happiness for many years to come.

Cllr Kenneth Flood Warns of Fraudsters Posing as Tradesmen

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has issued a warning about fraudsters in the Drogheda area who are targeting the elderly and vulnerable people.

Cllr Flood who is also Chairperson of the Drogheda Joint Policing Committee was contacted by an elderly man’s concerned neighbours on Drogheda’s Northside after he was targeted.

Cllr Flood said “On Tuesday 22nd of August, three men in a white van called to this gentleman’s door claiming he needed his gutters cleared. They demanded an exorbitant €250 for the job which he paid because he felt coerced into doing so and after pretending to do the work they left without doing anything”.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the story. Cllr Flood then related that “the next day two different men in a white transit van called to the same gentleman’s home and claimed he needed work done to his roof.  Luckily, on this occasion, they were challenged by the elderly man’s neighbours who were aware of what had happened the previous day and they quickly left the area”.

Cllr Flood was concerned at the very deliberate targeting of this elderly man. “I am advised by his neighbours that he is now terrified that he will be targeted again.”

The Drogheda Councillor urged residents “not to agree to anything on the doorstep and to keep a particular eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours who may be having work done. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, genuine tradesmen will be happy enough to answer any queries and identify themselves.”

Cllr Mickey Larkin Welcomes Wildlife Ranger to Protect Natural Beauty of Cooley Mountains

Cllr Mickey Larkin

Sinn Féin Cllr Mickey Larkin has welcomed the news that a Wildlife Ranger will be assigned to the Cooley Mountains.

Cllr Larkin attended a public meeting last Friday with his colleague Cllr Antóin Watters from Dundalk/Carlingford in the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre in Riverstown, Co Louth.

Cllr Larkin said “Present at the public meeting were representatives from the IFA, Mountaineering Ireland and local walking groups. One thing that we all had in common was our love for the mountains and our wish to see their natural beauty preserved for future generations.”

Cllr Antóin Watters

Cllr Larkin said “The meeting was called following the recent spraying of yellow markings in the Cooley Mountains. It was agreed by all present that there needed to be more awareness of events being held on the mountains. All agreed that a ‘no trace’ approach would be best practice, basically to leave the Mountains as you found them.”

Cllr Larkin was also pleased to see that “the organisers are going to meet with local Gardaí to ensure that any future users of the mountain will use appropriate temporary markings and the group will work closely with the new Wildlife Ranger.”

Cllr Larkin reminded that “the Cooley Mountains are for all to enjoy and are important for local tourism. The area is one of outstanding beauty so I will raise this issue with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and my colleague Cllr Antóin Watters will raise it with Louth County Council and we will also raise it at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Group which deal with cross border issues between the two Councils. Let’s leave nature as we find it.”

L-R Helen Lawless (Mountaineering Ireland), Cllr Micky Larkin, Cllr Antóin Watters, Matthew McGreehan & Ciaran Sheelan (both Louth IFA)

Antóin Watters Welcomes Wildlife Ranger to Protect Natural Beauty of Cooley Mountains

Cllr Antóin Watters

Sinn Féin Cllr Antóin Watters has welcomed the news that a Wildlife Ranger will be assigned to the Cooley Mountains.

Having attended a public meeting last Friday with his colleague Cllr Mickey Larkin from South Armagh in the Mullaghbuoy Community Centre, Cllr Watters said “we were present with representatives from the IFA, Mountaineering Ireland and local walking groups. One thing that

Cllr Mickey Larkin

we all had in common was our love for the mountains and our wish to see their natural beauty preserved for future generations.”

Cllr Watters said “The meeting was called following the discovery of yellow markings that had been sprayed on the Cooley Mountains recently. It was agreed that there needed to be more awareness of events being held on the mountains. All those present agreed that a ‘no trace’ approach would be best practice, basically, leave the Mountains as you found them.”

Cllr Watters was also pleased to see that “the organisers are going to meet with local Gardaí to ensure that any future users of the mountain will use appropriate temporary markings and the group will work closely with the Wildlife Ranger.”

Cllr Watters reminded that “the Cooley Mountains are for all to enjoy and are important for local tourism. The area is one of outstanding beauty so I will raise this issue with Louth County Council and my colleague Cllr Mickey Larkin will raise it with Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and we will also raise it at the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Group which deal with cross border issues between the two Councils. Let’s leave nature as we find it.”

L-R Helen Lawless (Mountaineering Ireland), Cllr Micky Larkin, Cllr Antóin Watters, Matthew McGreehan & Ciaran Sheelan (both Louth IFA)