Cllr David Saurin Calls for Council to Keep Promise for Congress Avenue

Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has called on Louth County Council to commence work as promised on Congress Avenue.

Councillor Saurin said “I raised the issue of speed ramps for Congress Avenue at this month’s Drogheda Borough Council meeting and questioned why these much needed and promised safety measures had not yet been implemented.”

Residents from the area signed a petition demanding traffic calming measures and a Sinn Féin motion calling for speed ramps to be installed was passed at a Council meeting some months ago.

Councillor Saurin said “Traffic counters were placed and a study was carried out measuring the volume of traffic along the road. It was agreed by Council engineers that these measures would be included in the programme of works for 2017.”

Councillor Saurin pointed out that “We are now in October and no ramps have been installed, promises were made but have not been kept. This road continues to be used as a rat run by motorists avoiding the traffic lights on the Platin Road and people in the area are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of urgency from the Council in relation to this issue.”

Cllr David Saurin Condemns Petrol Bomb Attack

Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has condemned the recent criminal behaviour in Drogheda’s Tredagh View which culminated in a petrol bomb attack on a house in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Cllr Saurin said “This behaviour is totally unacceptable and those who carried it out have no regard for the damage or injury they could have caused. Thankfully on this occasion no-one was seriously hurt but we could have been waking up to a tragedy this morning. These actions have to stop. They are not wanted in the community.”

David Saurin urged anyone who had any information to contact the Gardaí.

He also urged residents of the area and indeed, other parts of Drogheda, to attend an upcoming public meeting being held by the Joint Policing Committee.

“The meeting will be held in the Westcourt Hotel on 9th October at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend. This anti-social behaviour is not what Drogheda is about and I would encourage everyone to attend and learn about neighbourhood watch and other initiatives that communities can take to help get on top of crime. Residents, Gardaí and local authorities must all work together to combat crime.”

Drogheda SF Urge Public to Attend Joint Policing Committee Meeting

Drogheda SF Cllrs Kenneth Flood, Joanna Byrne & David Saurin

The 2017 Joint Policing Committee (JPC) Public Meeting date has been confirmed for 7.30pm on the 9th of October in The Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda.

Chairperson of the South Louth Joint Policing Committee Kenneth Flood said “I would encourage every Drogheda and South Louth resident to come along to the public JPC meeting. It is a vitally important meeting as it gives the people of Drogheda and South Louth the opportunity to put their questions, queries and worries regarding crime and policing to their elected representatives, the local authorities and the Gardaí. There will be informative presentations on the night, including one on crime prevention that would be very helpful to all residents.”
Cllr. David Saurin said “There have been well documented and highlighted cases of ongoing anti-social behaviour in several areas of Drogheda this year. Not least among them is in the Rathmullen Park area where new bollards have been erected to counteract the joy riding that was happening there. I want to welcome the new bollards but I would also like anyone affected by anti-social behavior to come to this meeting to hear about neighbourhood watch and other initiatives. We will only get on top of crime when the residents, local authorities and Garda all work together to combat it.”
Cllr. Joanna Byrne said “The JPC deals with all crime including headline crime cases like burglary and drug offences but it also deals with the crimes that affect all of us like illegal dumping. We have done a huge amount of work to combat dumping that is plaguing certain areas of our town and countryside but more is needed. If you feel like this issue, or any other has affected you, please come along on the night.”
Finally, Cllr. Flood said “If you wish to have a question answered on the night, please forward it to me in advance so we can assure that the answers are prepared and available.”

David Saurin co-opted onto Louth County Council

Out-going councillor Alan Cassidy has extended his congratulations to his replacement on the Louth County Council, his long-time friend and comrade, David Saurin.

At this morning’s meeting of the Council, the co-option was confirmed and Cllr Saurin took his seat.

Cllr David Saurin (48) hails from Tullyallen and is married to Anne and they have three children.

Speaking this morning, Cllr Saurin said “it is a great honour to be representing the people of South Louth and I am proud to be sitting on Louth County Council with nine other Sinn Féin councillors supported by two TDs and an MEP.  I have been a member of Sinn Féin for almost twenty years now and have been a republican all my life.”

“I have been part of more elections than I care to remember, the most recent being the election of a former councillor here, Imelda Munster who made history by becoming the first female TD for Louth and East Meath.”

“Both sides of my family have republican history stretching back to the 1916 Rising and the Tan War so our house was a Republican house but I think for me, the greatest influence and what had the biggest impact on me was the 1980 and 1981 hungerstrikes. The commitment, dedication and dignity with which those young men stood up to the might of the British empire has never left me.”

“The prison struggle since the removal of political status in 1976 and what the blanket men and the women in Armagh went through has inspired me to carry on the fight for equality and justice. Bobby Sands said ‘Everyone, Republican or otherwise, has their own particular part to play. No part is too great or too small; no-one is too old or too young to do something.’”

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