Louth SF & Adams extend Condolences on death of Saeb Erekat, Palestine.

Former Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has extended his “deepest condolences and solidarity to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the death of Saeb Erekat who has died as a result of Covid-19”.

Gerry Adams said:

“Ba mhaith liom mo chombhrón a thabhairt do chlann Erekat. It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Saeb Erekat. In the course of my visits to the Middle East and as part of Sinn Féin’s long relationship with the Palestinian people I had the pleasure of meeting Saeb Erekat. 

“As the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and as the chief negotiator for the PLO, Saeb was steadfast in his defence of the rights of the people of Palestine to freedom and independence. He was committed dialogue and peace and to the creation of a genuine peace process in the Middle East that would resolve all of the relationships and ensure a peaceful, democratic future for the people of that region.

“In 2014 during the Israeli assault on Gaza Saeb made time to brief me about the desolation and destruction being inflicted on the citizens of that besieged area by the Israeli government. He worked hard to secure a humanitarian ceasefire in the face of Israeli rejections.

“Saeb was very conscious of the long positive relationship between the Irish and Palestinian people. He thanked the people of Ireland for their ongoing support for the Palestinian people.

“Saeb will be missed by his comrades, his family and the Palestinian people. As they and we seek to advance the peaceful and democratic objectives to which he dedicated his life there is an onus on the Irish government, at this important juncture in international relations, to implement past Oireachtas motions and recognise the state of Palestine.”

Councillor Pearse McGeough on behalf of Louth Sinn Fein said “this is sad news for the Palestinian people and also for those who support the cause of Palestinians. Saeb was an inspiration to all those who love or desire freedom throughout the world. Saeb was always a good friend of Ireland and he will be sorely missed.

“I think it is incumbent upon the Irish Government to stop paying lip service to the Palestinians and recognise the State of Palestine already passed in Oireachtas motions.

“To all Saeb’s family, friends and comrades I extend on behalf of the Party in Louth, our sincere condolences.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis”


Adams – Questions raised over tragic Dundalk death.

DSC_3254_6510Louth TD Gerry Adams has written to the Health Minister seeking answers to a series of questions regarding the tragic death of Dualtagh Donnelly on Monday 26th October.

The Sinn Féin President said,

“I firstly want to express my sincere sympathy to Lindzie, Fionn, Caragh, Oonagh and all of Dualtagh’s family at this terrible time.  I visited Dualtagh’s wake last week and saw first hand the devastating impact his death is having on his loved ones.

“I have written to the Health Minister today seeking answers to serious questions concerning the time lapse between the 999 phonecall being logged and an ambulance arriving at the scene.  

“I am also concerned to know where the ambulance was dispatched from, why it did not arrive until 39 minutes after the initial emergency phone call and whether there were available ambulances and sufficient medical personnel in Dundalk on the night Dualtagh died?

“Dualtagh’s family and the community of North Louth deserve to know the answers to these vital questions.”  


Sharkey Calls For Investigation Into Dundalk Death

Cllr Tomás SharkeySinn Féin Louth County Councillor Tomás Sharkey has contacted the CEO of the Royal College of Surgeons Hospital Group in relation to the recent death of local man Raymond Hearty.

Cllr Sharkey said, “Louth County Hospital is part of the RCSI group within the HSE. Mr Bill Maher was appointed the CEO of the group some months ago. After the death of 48 year old Mr Raymond Hearty, his family questioned why the ambulance had to bypass Louth County Hospital to take Raymond to The Lourdes Hospital. They asked the same question that is on the lips of everybody in Dundalk.

“Raymond’s funeral heard a heartfelt appeal for services to be returned to Dundalk. I have contacted Bill Maher and asked for this case to be investigated. I want to establish the risk to life in having no A&E in Dundalk, the detrimental effects to patients who have to travel for longer to Drogheda and the logistics involved in re-instating services in Dundalk.

“The people of Dundalk campaigned and marched to oppose the closure of A&E, Intensive care and Acute Medical in Dundalk. We collected a petition of thousands of signatures. Numerous election candidates promised service re-instatement on their election. We were right to warn the HSE of the dire consequences of the closure of services.

“As a member of the HSE Regional Health Forum, I am committed to keeping the issue of services in Dundalk on the agenda and in the minds of HSE officials.”