Louth Sinn Féin has understandably been inundated with concerned citizens regarding the Corona Virus.

There are measures you can take that are within your control:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Work from home if you can
  • Don’t go out unless you have to and stay 2 metres away from other people
  • Avoid callers to your door, there should NOT be any cold or uninvited callers at this time
  • Check on your elderly relatives by telephoning them regularly
  • Check with neighbours, look out for each other

That being said, people are concerned, especially older people or those who are classed as ‘vulnerable’.

Firstly, let us reassure you, there is no shortage of food or supplies, the retailers have confirmed that the retail line is continuing uninterrupted and there is no need for anyone to buy in bulk or panic buy.

Secondly, some shops (Tescos & Lidl so far) are operating an older/vulnerable persons time slot in the stores so that these people can go along and shop in relative quiet and peace. Carers can also take advantage of this early morning slot.

A number of outlets have closed including our constituency offices but we are still available for those with urgent issues. We will arrange to either deal with the issue over the phone or arrange a suitable and safe way to meet with you. You can also contact us through our individual facebook pages or email.

There are also a number of SF activists that are willing to deliver supplies to people who live alone or are older/vulnerable and you can contact your local SF member or Councillor in your area for details.

Our contact numbers are as follows:

Dundalk & Carlingford

Antóin Watters 087 416 5157

Kevin Meenan 085 858 9241


Pearse McGeough 086 813 5447

Drogheda & South Louth

Joanna Byrne 087 114 6522

Tom Cunningham 087 371 7884

We have a long road ahead of us but if we all pull together and follow the medical advice then we can minimise the damage this virus will cause.

Young people of Louth failed by Mental Health services – SFRY

Sinn Fein Republican Youth have outlined their concern at the low figures of staffing in the Community Health Organisation of which Louth is a part, following the report published yesterday by UNICEF that saw youth suicide rates in Ireland ranking fourth highest in the EU. 


A spokesperson for SFRY said;

“A Vision for Change was a document that provided much hope for young people throughout this county; setting attainable benchmarks for the Government to reach regarding number of staff required to meet demand.


“Unfortunately in the CHO region for Louth only 57% of this figure has been realised. As of April there were 102 Child and Adolescent Mental Health staff employed in the region; with another 76 staff being required to fulfil the 178 recommended in Vision for Change. 


“I know I speak for the young people of Louth when I say we feel we have been utterly failed by the services in the area; not because of the staff who do fantastic work, but rather the unwillingness by this Government and the one that went before it.


“Having lost friends to suicide, and knowing so many others who have lost loved ones, it’s frightening to think that what is in effect an epidemic, can be left on the backburner. 


“Too many young lives are lost to suicide in Louth annually. We as young people must be protected by the services we require, and not be viewed as just another statistic in the local death notices.”


If anyone is feeling low or experiencing feelings of despair or thoughts which may lead to suicide, please phone one of the numbers below and speak to someone:


SOSAD  041 984 8754


Pieta House (Freephone) 1800 247 247

                     Text HELP to 51444


Samaritans  (Freephone) 116 123


Remember, you are not alone!