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.”