Joanna Byrne Selected for Drogheda Urban in 2019 Elections

Sitting Councillor Joanna Byrne has been selected to run in the 2019 Local Government Elections for the constituency of Drogheda Urban.

Joanna was nominated by the Chair of the Bobby Sands Cumann Hughie McShane who said “I am very proud to stand here in front of you all to nominate Joanna. The Cumann has come a long way and we now have Imelda Munster as a TD who we are very proud of and Joanna who has been an outstanding councilor and we know she will continue to be just that. Joanna brought a fresh approach and a new enthusiasm to the Cumann when she joined it and is always ready for a challenge. She is a strong defender of the rights for all, following in the footsteps of Imelda. I am very proud of them both.”

Joanna accepted the nomination and paid tribute to Hughie who she described as the “driving force behind the cumann. The last 2 years have been a whirlwind and there

The team with Hughie McShane far right

have been plenty of highs and lows and challenges but it has been a great experience and I couldn’t have done it without Kenneth (Flood) and Imelda and more recently David (Saurin). Imelda keeps us a very tight team and her precedence on the Council is so appreciated. She taught us that we can debate an issue but we go into the chamber as a unit and we stand as one.”

Joanna also paid tribute to her Mam Martina “she is always by my side and the support

Joanna and her Mam, Martina

I get from her and my siblings is unbelievable. She is doing work that no-one else sees, out in all weathers leafleting and supporting me and guiding me. I appreciate that Mam and of course, she looks after me which can be the biggest job of all.”

Joanna also welcomed Tom Cunningham to the Drogheda team from Mid-Louth.

Imelda Munster TD rounded the evening off by thanking the “grassroots members who a the ones that have helped the party grow from strength to strength by talking to people and communities and relaying that back to the reps. I have always said that if we lead, people will follow but we have to provide that leadership. We need to stay true to who we are, we hold officials to account for the betterment of our communities, we are always pushing for the best interests of the people. We can’t fail if we speak for the people. Despite the challenges thrown at us, the attempted isolation of us by other parties and large sections of the media, just look at what we have achieved. People aren’t stupid, they see through all their dirty tricks. We started with 5 Cumann members and we worked hard over the years and people see that.

“People will be proud to vote Sinn Féin, they know we are not afraid to speak out, they know that their voice will be heard through us. The hard work starts now though. We are a unit on Louth County Council, we are committed and true and we will build and build and continue to build after that.”

The new line up so far in Drogheda

 

Ruairi Ó Murchú Selected for Local Elections in 2019

Louth Sinn Fein have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk & Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.

Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run in Mid-Louth with his running mate not yet determined.

Dundalk Carlingford has the two sitting councilors selected, Antóin Watters and Edel Corrigan with new face Eugene Garvey from Dundalk.

In Dundalk South the three sitting Councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Anne Campbell and Ruairi Ó Murchú.

Ruairi Ó Murchú was proposed on behalf of the Duffy Downey Cumann by Kevin Meenan who thanked Ruairí for all his work since he was co-opted 14 months ago. Ruairí has brought energy to the area as he hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. Ruairi replaced Kevin Meenan on the Council.Ruairí was seconded by JC.

Speaking after the convention, Cllr Ó Murchú said “the last 14 months have been hectic as I am continuing the excellent work done by Kevin Meenan. I want to thank Kevin for his support and valuable advice over these past months. It’s not an easy job but it is very satisfying when you can help people and make a difference in their lives.”

Ruairi was also selected at an earlier convention to replace Gerry Adams as TD when he retires at the end of the current term so let’s hope a General Election won’t be called before May 2019 or Duffy Downey Cumann will be seeking a new candidate for the Council election.

Ruairi said “I am looking forward to continuing the work of the past 14 months and am always grateful for any help.”

Ruairi and Duffy Downey Cumann

If you would like to help out in Ruairí’s campaign please contact him or call into the SF office 1 – 2 Crowe Street. All help is appreciated, leafleting, postering, canvassing, whatever you can do…

Ruairí with the other candidates selected and our 2 TDs

Ruairí can be contacted through social media, the office in Dundalk or the Duffy Downey Cumann Facebook page.

Anne Campbell Selected for 2019 Local Elections

Louth Sinn Fein have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk & Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.

Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run in Mid-Louth with his running mate not yet determined.

Dundalk Carlingford has the two sitting councilors selected, Antóin Watters and Edel Corrigan with new face Eugene Garvey from Dundalk.

In Dundalk South the three sitting Councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Ruairi Ó Murchú and Anne Campbell.

Ann Campbell was proposed on behalf of the Watters Brothers Cumann by Pat McVeigh who thanked Anne for all her work since she was co-opted 14 months ago. Anne hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. “Her appointment to the Regional Health Forum has been instrumental in furthering our health and Louth Hospital campaign.” Anne was seconded by Leigh Walsh.

Watters Brothers Cumann

Speaking after the convention, Cllr Campbell said that “the last 14 months have been the best in my life. I have met so many people from all walks of life and it is very satisfying to be able to make a difference in people’s lives, even if it is just to offer support to them in a time of need.”

Anne wanted to especially “thank my husband Laurence and my two sons Connla and Cillian. Without Laurence’s support and those of my boys, it wouldn’t be possible for me to spend so much time and energy in carrying out my job as a Councillor.”

“I am looking forward to continuing the work of the past 14 months and am always grateful for any help.”

Anne with the other candidates selected and our 2 TDs

If you would like to help out in Anne’s campaign please contact her or call into the SF office 1 – 2 Crowe Street. All help is appreciated, leafleting, postering, canvassing, whatever you can do…

Anne can be contacted through social media, the office in Dundalk or Watters Brothers Facebook page.

 

 

 

Eugene Garvey Selected For Dundalk Carlingford

Louth Sinn Féin have formally selected seven candidates for the Dundalk and Mid-Louth areas for the 2019 Local Council Elections.

In Mid-Louth Pearse McGeough was selected to re-run with his running mate not yet determined.

In Dundalk South, the three current councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Anne Campbell and Ruairí Ó Murchú, the latter two facing election for the first time having been co-opted within the last 14 months.

In Dundalk Carlingford, the two sitting Councillors Edel Corrigan and Antóin Watters were selected together with a new face, Eugene Garvey, an activist from the St

Eugene, wife Claire and daughter Saoirse

Nicholas’ area of Dundalk.

Eugene is a 34 year old married father of two and has been a Republican all of his life. He has been a member of Sinn Féin and a community activist for over 15 years.

Eugene is a qualified accountant and is involved in a number of charities and is especially passionate about the issue of homelessness.

Eugene has been in the position of renting a home and also having to travel for work so he understands the challenges faced by people in today’s uncertain climate.

Speaking after the convention, Garvey said “I am humbled and honoured to have been put forwarded and subsequently selected by the Halpenny Worthington Watters Cumann and look forward to joining the Sinn Féin team on Louth County Council.”

At the 2014 Local elections, Sinn Féin lost out on the third seat in Dundalk Carlingford by the narrowest of margins. Fianna Fail beat JJ Quigley by just 4 votes.

Eugene Garvey will be working hard to take that third seat in 2019.

7 selected candidates and 2 TDs

If you want to help out in Eugene’s campaign then please contact him via facebook or you can contact the Sinn Fein office at 1-2 Crowe Street.

Please support Eugene’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Elect-Eugene-Garvey-for-Sinn-Féin-571078723346337/

 

Cunningham Calls For ‘Safer Parking Bays’ for Campers to Boost Tourism & Economy

Tom CunninghamCounty Louth and the East of Ireland is consistently being touted as the place to go for those visiting or touring Ireland with its rich heritage and the launch of Ireland’s Ancient East programme aimed to attract tourists to the area.  Fáilte Ireland believe this initiative will increase the visitors to the area by 25% and has described the area as a ‘touring region’. Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham wants tourists to not only visit County Louth but to stay and spend their Euros and boost the local economy.

At November’s County Council meeting, the Clogherhead councillor asked for ‘serviced parking ’ for touring camper vans. Cllr Cunningham said “what this means is, if a camper van is touring the area they can go to one of these ‘serviced parking bays’ and hook up their van overnight. They would ‘pay as they go’ and it would be similar to the power point for electric cars in Ardee. It gives the tourist freedom to just plug in and charge up without having to return to a camp site. If we could provide these bays throughout the county along with fresh water facilities for camper vans it would boost our local economy and encourage others to visit the area. The bays would pay for themselves.”

Tom Cunningham explained how he has noticed “an increasing number of non-Irish registered Camper vans especially around Annagassan Harbour and Port Oriel in Clogherhead since before the summer months. These people should be encouraged to remain in the area and so need to be catered for and where better than our wee county for breath taking scenery and amazing hospitality.”

The County Louth Tourism and Heritage Action Plan states ‘we aim to encourage more visitors to the county by exploiting the benefits of Ireland’s Ancient east’ and Tom Cunningham believes these ‘safer parking bays’ is a means of doing just that.

Cllr Cunningham said “it also says in the Tourism and Heritage Action Plan that it is a priority to deliver a ‘better visitor experience’ and create a demand for tourists to return and why wouldn’t they want to return to County Louth? But we need to be prepared to cater for them and these bays are a very simple way to do this.”

The response from the Council was that there were already three static caravan parks and one touring caravan park in County Louth.

Cllr Cunningham said “there is no point in publishing Action Plans if we are not going to see them through. I am determined to encourage more tourists to the county and am determined to pursue this.”