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

Joanna Byrne To Be Co-Opted Onto Louth County Council

Imelda & Joanna 1A convention at the Westcourt Hotel last Thursday evening seen Sinn Féin select Drogheda woman Joanna Byrne as the replacement for Imelda Munster on Louth County Council.

Imelda Munster TD made history last month when she became the first female TD for Louth leaving her seat on Louth County cCuncil vacant.

30 year old Joanna was selected to replace her. Joanna Bryne is a retail manager but has resigned her position in order to pursue being a full-time councillor as her predecessor did in 2004. Joanna has been a member of the Bobby Sands Cumann in Drogheda for a number of years and was very active throughout the Local Government elections in 2014 and in Imelda Munster’s recent General Election campaign.

Speaking on Thursday night, the new councillor said “Deputy Munster was an exemplary Councillor and will be a hard act to follow but I believe with her guidance and advice and the support of my fellow 9 councillors in Louth, I can carry on the good work that the party are doing here in the county.”

When asked if she had received any advice from Deputy Munster, Cllr Byrne said “she told me to always remember that we are there to represent the people, leave no person behind, make sure everyone has the same rights as everyone else and we are all treated equally as it is written in the Proclamation and you won’t go far wrong.”

Cllr Joanna Byrne will attend her first County Council meeting on Monday morning

 

Joanna’s acceptance speech from Thursday night.

It is a huge honour and privilege for me to accept this nomination to take a SF seat on Louth County Council.

I would like to thank Hugh McShane and Ronan Caffrey for nominating me and the members of the Bobby Sands SF Cumann here in Drogheda for supporting it. Also to all of you for coming here tonight and putting your faith in me to represent this constituency. We have just come from an exciting few weeks with an extremely successful election campaign, nationwide but particularly here in Louth.
We vowed to make history , we took it on and we done it by electing Imelda Munster as the first ever female TD for Louth and East Meath. We now also for the first time ever, have two Sinn Féin TDs, the other of course being our party president Gerry Adams.

Deputy Munster was an exemplary Councillor and will be a hard act to follow, but I believe with her guidance and advice , and the support of my nine fellow SF councillors in Louth , which I’m told is the tighest-knit group of councillors in the country , I am looking forward to my new role! It is no secret that the country has been failed by the catastrophe that was the FG/LAB government, and it is no secret that Louth and indeed Drogheda were hit hard by the broken promises and crippling austerity cuts implemented by said government, but we in SF need to persevere in reminding people there is a fairer way. And I think the election results last week show that people are putting their faith in us.

We are progressing all the time with now 23 TD’s representing us today in Leinster House at the start of the 32nd Dáil term – 6 of them women might I add. 2 TD’s out of those 23 are now representing Louth with Imelda being the additional voice for the county alongside Gerry – which leaves me the additional voice for Drogheda which I am proud to be.

We have a number of events coming up over the Easter period and beyond to commemorate this being our centenary year and I would urge everyone to get involved in the new Rising be it locally or nationally. I look forward to seeing you at some of them.

Go raibh Míle Maith agaibh