Cllr Tomás Sharkey: Faughart School Resolution

Councillor Tomás Sharkey has expressed his satisfaction with the divestment of Faughart National School to Louth & Meath Education and Training Board.

“On behalf of all LMETB members, I wish to state how proud we are to become the new patrons of the primary school in Faughart County Louth.
“Faughart National School has had a difficult few years. Families chose to move their children to other areas for a variety of reasons. The causes may not be fully addressed but a way forward has been found. I am now asking that all families seize the news that LMETB will be the new patrons and register their children once again in the local school. The past is over and the future will be a good one.
“By becoming an LMETB school, Faughart is joining a team of 22 schools and one of the biggest employers in the region.
“We are proud of the education that we offer in our many but mostly second level schools across the two counties. Our Chief Executive Martin O’Brien is no stranger to North Louth. He led Bush Post Primary School as principal when I was a teacher there. Director of Schools Fiona Kindlon also put a lot of work into the proposal to become patrons of the school.
“September will see a new Community National School in Faughart and the opening of Colásite Chú Chulainn in Dundalk. Education is our greatest asset in this region. It is a proud time to be chairperson of LMETB.”

Adams: Faughart School Resolution Very Welcome

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the joint statement issued today, Friday 20th July, by The Department of Education and Skills and the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin regarding the future of Scoil Náisúnta Bhrigdhe, Faughart.

Teachta Adams said;

‘I am pleased that the joint statement indicates that Scoil Náisúnta Bhrigdhe, Faughart will be open again in September in time for the new school term.

‘The pupils of this school and their families have been through a period of great uncertainty which has seen the school closed for the past year.

‘I am glad that both the Department of Education and Bishop Éamon Martin have worked constructively to ensure the reopening of this rural school and I commend the parents group for their tenacity regarding this matter.

‘The local school is the lifeblood of rural communities and I wish all those associated with Scoil Bhrigdhe my best wishes for the time ahead.’

Maíre Drumm Cumann Inaugural Meeting Tonight

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Maíre Drumm

Chair Stan Corrigan & Family (File Pic)

Chair Stan Corrigan & Family (File Pic)

 

 

The inaugural meeting of the new Maíre Drumm Sinn Féin Cumann took place this evening in Dundalk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The newly elected Chair is Stan Corrigan, father of Cllr Edel Corrigan who is a highly respected republican, not just in the Faughart area where the Cumann is based but also throughout the county.

 

 

 

Vice –Chair is Pat Harrisson and secretary is Alan McArdle, both from Faughart in North Louth.

 

Also present was Maíre Drumm’s eldest son Séamus who spoke after the meeting and said “I am honoured to have the Cumann named after my mother. After listening to those present tonight, I am positive that the activists will work for the community as my mother did, she was always helping others, was a strong voice for the disenfranchised and a great inspiration to those around her and I am proud to hear she is still inspiring others even forty years after she died.”

 

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The late Maíre Drumm hailed from Killean, South Armagh and was vice president of Sinn Féin from 1972 – 1976. Maíre was active in the Civil Rights Association in the 1960s and worked to rehouse Catholics who were forced from their homes by loyalist intimidation. She always led from the front. After being jailed twice for seditious speeches, Maíre became a target for pro-British elements and on 28th October 1976 as she lay in her hospital bed in the Mater Hospital in Belfast, loyalists assassinated her.

 

 

Speaking after the meeting Vice Chair Pat Harrisson said “there has always been a strong community in Faughart and a republican spirit. In this centenary year of 1916 and also the 40th year since the death of Maíre Drumm, we have proved that we are a party that delivers locally and nationally. We have ten county councillors and our party president Gerry Adams is TD. This year also saw Louth elect the very first female TD for the county, Imelda Munster”

Some of the members of the new Cumann with Seamus Drumm (far left)

Some of the members of the new Cumann with Seamus Drumm (far left)

“We are an activist party who is dedicated to achieving a society free from prejudice and discrimination and would like to invite you to join us and play your part in the community”.

If you want to make a lasting and worthwhile contribution to building a better Ireland for all then please contact the Cumann for further details at:

MaireDrummCumann@gmail.com

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