Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Meenan has asked people to be vigilant after a number of discarded needles were found at a bus stop in Muirhevna Mór.
Cllr Meenan said “it is not unusual to find needles discarded, it happens everywhere unfortunately but it is worrying that they were discarded at a bus stop where children get the bus to school. It is right beside a green area where I have seen people walking dogs and children playing. I would ask people to be vigilant and cautious. Please make sure your children know not to touch the needles and to leave them be and report them either to myself or to Louth County Council.”
Cllr Meenan also had a message for those responsible, “please be aware of the possible consequences of where you are discarding your needles. Places like bus stops and green areas are used by all members of the community including children and pets, I would ask that you are conscious of that.”
The number to report any instances to Louth County Council is:
LoCall 1890 20 23 03 or phone direct on 042 933 5457
Kevin Meenan officially became a Cllr at this evening’s inauguration at Louth County Council offices.
Following glowing tributes and congratulations from all parties towards Ruairí Ó Murchú TD whose seat resulted in the casual vacancy, Kevin Meenan was proposed by Sinn Féin group leader Cllr Pearse McGeough who said “it’s a privilege and an honour for me to propose my friend Kevin Meenan as a councillor for the Dundalk South area.
“Kevin has a long history of community engagement and working for those who are voiceless. He has always been an outstanding advocate for his constituents and when he spoke in the chamber it was obvious that everyone listened and he was respected by all. It is great to see him rejoining our group of Councillors and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank his partner Paula and his daughter Caithlain for supporting him in this decision.”
Cllr Kevin Meenan also paid tribute to Paula and Caithlain and said “I’ve always had a good working relationship with councillors and officials alike and look forward to getting stuck in again. I feel there is unfinished business for me to do and I am humbled and honoured to be here once again. I feel that I have grown up here, I have spent most of my working life as a councillor and now I’m back.”
Cllr Meenan also thanked those Councillors in the chamber who took time out to attend the event, especially as it was the only order of business.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Meenan has announced his resignation as a member of Louth County Council.
Mr Meenan was first elected to Dundalk Town Council in 1999.
Speaking today, the Sinn Féin group leader Councillor Tomás Sharkey said “Kevin has stood down on health grounds and we wish him and his family all the best. He will be missed on the Council team. Kevin is a very wise and fair man. He has an easy manner and his openness and honesty won him many friends across the chamber and among the officials in the Council. He worked hard for everyone in his constituency and has set the bar high for all public representatives in Louth.”
Kevin Meenan has been an active member of Sinn Féin for almost twenty five years holding various positions in his local Cumann. In the past he has held the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair within Dundalk Town Council and has been on numerous committees including housing, planning, education and infrastructure.
The Party will be holding a convention in the last week of August to nominate a replacement for Kevin Meenan. Tomás Sharkey said “Kevin’s shoes are big ones to fill.”
With the housing crisis in County Louth at critical point Sinn Féin have launched a new campaign targeting vacant and abandoned homes and are asking the public to get involved.
Dundalk Councillor Kevin Meenan said “There are over 1,100 families on the housing list in the Dundalk area alone as at the end of December with another 704 on the transfer list. It is heart breaking to have vacant or abandoned properties lying idle while there are families in need of a home.”
“What we are asking the public to do is if you know of a vacant/abandoned property in your area or community, please let us know and we can pass the information onto the relevant department in Louth County Council. The Council can attempt to take possession of the property through a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and hopefully it will become a home for one of these families.”
“The area will also benefit as vacant/abandoned properties can detract from a community. They can give a ‘run-down’ look to an area and attract vermin or anti-social elements.”
If you know of a vacant/abandoned property in your area please email the full address to:
Cllrs Joanna Byrne and Pearse McGeough will be leading the same campaign in Drogheda and Mid-Louth respectively