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