Cllr Alan Cassidy to be Replaced by David Saurin

Alan Cassidy (L) congratulates David Saurin

Sinn Féin Councillor Alan Cassidy from Tullyallen has announced his resignation from Louth County Council. Alan was elected in 2014. Cassidy who has a young family said “I have come to the conclusion that I am not in a position to give my work as a County Councillor the time that it demands. I believe it is in the best interests of those who elected me as a Sinn Fein representative that I step aside and make way for someone who can give the role the time it deserves. This has not been an easy decision, however,I feel this is the correct course of action. Being elected to Louth County Council has been the greatest honour and privilege ever bestowed upon me and for that I will always be eternally grateful and humbled. I would like to thank all of my family for their support.

Alan Cassidy also paid tribute to his fellow Drogheda elected representatives;  “I would like to thank Kenneth Flood and Joanna Byrne both for their friendship and advice. Also I would like to thank Deputy Imelda Munster for all her time, advice and help she has given me.

“Finally I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of the people of the South Louth /Drogheda constituency.”

Alan Cassidy also announced that David Saurin, also from Tullyallen will be replacing him. This was decided at a convention held over a week ago at the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda.

Speaking at the convention, Cassidy, who proposed Saurin said “I have known David Saurin most of my life. He is both a friend and a comrade. David was instrumental in getting me elected in 2014 and he commands huge respect across the whole community regardless of peoples political affiliations . David’s family has a proud history of Republicanism stretching back over 100 years. I have no doubt he will fight tooth and nail for the people of South Louth. When I joined the party it was David who took me under his wing as it were; and the lessons he taught me will remain with me always. David will strengthen further an already strong team of councillors”.

L-R Alan Cassidy, David Saurin, Imelda Munster TD, Cllr Kenneth Flood

David Saurin was unanimously selected on the night. He is currently cathaorleach of the Colonel Leonard Cumann having previously chaired the  Bobby Sands Cumann, as well as serving on the Louth Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantar in a number of different roles.

David Saurin upon accepting the nomination said “I can remember a time in this town when we had no elected representatives.  Mathew Coogan and I used to hold clinic at the old offices on Rope walk. It is a testament to the people of Louth how far we have come. We are now the largest party in the council with ten Councillors and we have two TDs. Deputy Munster not only being the first Sinn Fein T.D for this end of the county, but also the first female TD for Louth and East Meath. We will continue to work for a United Ireland and copper fasten the good will of citizens who have seen the work of Sinn Féin representatives across the entire country.”

Ending the meeting, David Saurin thanked delegates for their support and is expected to formally take his seat at the next full meeting of Louth County Council.

The full text of Alan’s resignation letter can be read below:

Over recent months I have come to the conclusion that I am not in a position to give my work as a County Councillor the time that it demands. Therefore I believe it is in the best interests of those who elected me as a Sinn Fein representative that I step aside and make way for someone who can give the role the time it deserves. This has not been an easy decision nevertheless I feel this is the correct course of action.

I will continue to work closely with the party now, and into the future, albeit behind the scenes. Being elected by my peers to Louth County Council has been the greatest honour and privilege ever bestowed upon me and for that I will always be eternally grateful and humbled. I would like to thank all of my family for their support. I would like to thank the Col. Leonard and Bobby Sands Cumainn for all their support. In particular I would like to thank Cllrs Kenneth Flood and Joanna Byrne both for their friendship and advice. Also I would like to thank Deputy Imelda Munster for all her time, advice and help she has given me. I would also like to thank Gerry Adams TD for his leadership, support and guidance. He remains an inspiration.

I would also like to thank my director of elections Mathew Coogan for his insight, wit and razor sharp humour. I would also like to thank the 9 other Sinn Féin councillors. We are the largest party in the council, the most capable and formidable. I would urge other councillors to cease from entering undemocratic pacts and uniting to block Sinn Féin at all levels in the chamber. Without a doubt failing to adopt the d’hondt system was a dis-service for the electorate of Louth.

I remain committed to the ideals and objectives of a 32 county democratic socialist republic. Only through the implementation of this Republic will we as a nation heal our hurts and achieve a hereto un-utilised sense of freedom and self determination.

Finally I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of the people of the South Louth /Drogheda constituency.

Go raibh míle, míle maith agaibh go leor. Beiraigí bua agus beanacht.

Alan Cassidy,

Hill of Rath

Sinn Féin proposal for 15% reduction in Local Property Tax rejected

Alan CassidyAt this morning’s Louth County Council meeting Sinn Féin Councillor Alan Cassidy proposed a 15% reduction in the family home tax which would be the maximum reduction allowed. This move was supported by Sinn Féin and opposed by all the other parties.

Chief Executive Joan Martin pointed out that this area is one in which additional money could be raised.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Cassidy said “the maximum reduction would have given the people of the county something back. This government and the last one have had their hands in our pockets for too long. There are a lot of efficiencies that could be made in the day to day working of the Council which would result in savings.”

Speaking further Cllr Cassidy said “The Chief Executive talked about how this reduction would have left the budget short by €1.4 million but she neglected to say about the almost €3 million in interest that is being paid out on land loans which were purchased by the Council for social housing and are just left lying there. That €3million is taken out of our budget before we even start. And let’s not forget the fact that our motor tax money, for example,  is being sent out of the County instead of being used to repair roads in Louth.  ”

Other Louth County Councillors voted to leave the rate of the Local Property Tax unchanged for a further year.

Cllr Cassidy Expresses Concerns Over Landmark Bridge

Alan CassidySinn Féin Councillor Alan Cassidy is reminding people that the landmark Obelisk Bridge will close on the 23rd and 24th of this month. The bridge is being surveyed to assess its structural integrity following an enquiry from Cllr Cassidy.

Speaking today Cllr Cassidy said “I was aware that the bridge wasn’t in a great state. I contacted Louth County Council regarding this last month. The bridge itself hasn’t been painted in over 20 years and at road level it appears to be missing pieces of iron, also the rivets show signs of erosion. On closer inspection, at low tide, I was shocked at the level of corrosion below the bridge”.

Councillor Cassidy was concerned that “the iron plates which support the road surface are corroded on three of the four sides in many instances. I don’t want to prejudge the outcome of the inspection but it is my belief that the bridge will need major works to prevent it from literally falling apart.”

Obelisk Bridge is a protected structure built in the 1860’s and crosses the River Boyne. Alan Cassidy concluded “the Obelisk Bridge is used by thousands of people daily not to mention tourists visiting the Boyne Battlefield and Oldbridge House. Cosmetically the bridge has been allowed to deteriorate through rust and pieces’ missing but it is alarming to think it may have become dangerous through structural deterioration.”

The Obelisk Bridge will be closed on 23rd and 24th November to allow for the bridge to be surveyed.

View at low tide below the bridge

View at low tide below the bridge

Alan Cassidy Obelisk Bridge 1

 

 

Cllr Cassidy Calls For Care On Short Cut

Alan CassidySinn Féin Councillor Alan Cassidy has called for urgent action to be taken at Priest Lane and Congress Avenue to curb speeding cars using the road as a shortcut.

Cllr Cassidy said today “Motorists are using Priest Lane to avoid the traffic lights on Plattin Road. We can see how narrow it is especially when residents are parked outside their properties, which they are fully entitled to do”.

Cllr Cassidy continued “from around half past four until seven o’clock in the evening, there are cars driving too fast through the area. They don’t seem to realise or care that this is a small residential street. It is difficult for pedestrians to use the narrow footpaths or to try and cross the street”.

The Tullyallen Councillor intends to “table a motion at the next Municipal Council meeting in Drogheda asking them to look at all the options and any traffic measures that could be put in place to alleviate this problem”.

'Narrow' Priest Lane

‘Narrow’ Priest Lane