Pearse McGeough Selected for 2019 Council Elections

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

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 Nicholas’ area of Dundalk.

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

Pearse was nominated by the Geeney McGeough Cumann, of which he is a founder member, based in Mid-Louth. Séan Geeney proposed Cllr McGeough and activist Hugh Finegan seconded him.

Pearse has been a Republican all his life and is heavily involved in the community in many projects. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Mid-Louth and further afield.  He has shown leadership by being involved in the setting up of the local Community Alert Group which works to ensure that residents, particularly the elderly, are safe in their communities.

He is a proud member of the O’Connells GFC and an enthusiastic supporter

A native of Kilsaran, Pearse was first elected to Louth County Council in 2004 topping the poll with 1,425 first preference votes for the Ardee Electoral Area.  In 2009 he was re-elected to Louth County Council and elected to Ardee Town Council. He topped the poll again in 2014.

Pearse was elected Chair of the Ardee Municipal District this year for the first time together with being Chair of the Joint Policing Committee for Mid-Louth. The community in Mid-Louth have faced a challenging time this year which hasn’t been helped by cuts to Garda resources. Pearse is a great believer in Community involvement in all aspects of life and especially policing.

Speaking after the convention, McGeough said “I am humbled and honoured to have been put forward and subsequently selected and look forward to continuing to represent the people in Mid-Louth to the best of my ability.”

 

Pearse with the other candidates selected and our 2 TDs

 

Cllr Pearse McGeough: JPC Public Meeting Useful and Progressive

At a public meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) for Mid-Louth, Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough described the meeting as “very useful” and “a progressive way for the public to have their issues heard.”

The meeting was held at the Grove Hotel in Dunleer at the request of Cllr McGeough who is also Chair of the JPC. There was an attendance of around 40 and the proceedings got underway with a minute’s silence for Cameron Reilly who was from the town and was murdered on 26th May this year.

There were presentations from Louth County Council, An Garda Siochána (crime statistics) and on Cyber Crime.

Cllr McGeough said “I wanted to ensure that the public were heard first and foremost, and all those who attended were able to air their views on issues in the area and had the ear of Chief Superintendent Chris Mangan who I feel listened and took it all on board.”

Various issues were raised from drug taking, drug dealing, car parking, unmanned rural Garda stations to general anti-social behaviour.

Cllr McGeough said “there is a huge deficit in resources needed for the Gardaí to carry out their work effectively. Chief Superintendent Mangan was very forthright on that point. For example, if a murder occurs in the County, that is 20% of his budget gone. That is how much resources go into a murder. Now bear in mind, we have had three murders in County Louth this year and as CS Mangan pointed out, we now have the highest murder rate outside of Dublin, not something we can be proud of.”

Cllr Pearse McGeough & Imelda Munster TD

Also present was Imelda Munster TD who towards the end of the meeting told of her frustrations with the Minister as she was fighting for additional Garda resources in the Dáil. Those frustrations were mirrored by CS Mangan who has to justify his ‘overspending’ on a budget that was insufficient to meet the needs of the County.

Cllr McGeough said “people need to feel safe and in order for us all to live in a community where that can happen we need to be pro-active in looking out for each other and work closely with the Gardaí in reporting crimes and encourage our Community Garda to become integrated into our communities. I want to commend the Community Gardaí that we currently have throughout the county, they do great work and their local knowledge is invaluable in investigating local crimes. We need more of them but again, we are back to a resources issue.”

“In short, if we want to live peacefully and safely in our communities we all need to work together, the public, An Garda Siochana, Louth County Council, business owners and anyone who has an interest in where they live or work. I feel that the public took an active role at the meeting and were listened to, I want to thank everyone who attended.”

Cllr Pearse McGeough Welcomes Drug Seizure in Louth

Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has welcomed the seizure of an estimated €1 million of cannabis herb at Collon and subsequent follow up searches of properties in Ardee and Slane.

Cllr McGeough who is also Chair of the Joint Policing Committee for mid-Louth said “this is a great start. There is more work to be done but this is very significant and has taken €1 million worth of drugs off our streets. I welcome the find and want to commend those involved in the operation which was a result of a Cross-border Joint Action Force. It’s only through co-operation north and south and together with communities that we can tackle crime effectively.”

Cllr McGeough also took the opportunity to encourage the public “to attend the upcoming meeting of the Joint Policing Committee which is open to all.  We are holding it at 8pm on Thursday 4th October at the Grove Hotel in Dunleer. This is our community and we all have a say in how it is policed going forward.”

The meeting in Dunleer covers the areas of Ardee, Dunleer and Clogherhead Garda districts.

There will be a similar meeting in Drogheda on Monday evening 1st October at 8pm in the D Hotel for the Drogheda South Louth area and on Tuesday 2nd October at 8pm at the Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford for the Dundalk North Louth area.

Cllr McGeough said “there will be presentations from An Garda Siochana and the Local Authority and an interesting one on cyber crime which is on the increase and affects all of us. The public will get a chance to ask questions or to raise issues so please, whatever part of Louth you are from, please try and attend the meeting in your area. This drugs seizure was a good start, but there’s still work to be done so let’s do it together as a community.”

Cllr Anne Campbell: Minor Injuries Unit in Louth Finally opens to Minors

Cllrs Anne Campbell & Pearse McGeough

Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Campbell has welcomed the long awaited opening of the Minor Injuries Unit in the Louth Hospital to children from 5 years upwards.

Speaking today Cllr Campbell said “after all that waiting and postponement of promises on a number of occasions, the Minor Injuries Unit will finally accept minors for treatment. It is a far cry from full services being restored to our hospital but it is a good start.”

Councillor Campbell, along with the Watters Brothers Cumann have been holding a monthly awareness protest at the hospital gates on the last Friday of every month calling for this and other services to be expended and optimised.

“I have been working on this and keeping the pressure on since the minister announced it two years ago. I, supported by Cllr Pearse McGeough and our TD Gerry Adams refused to let the promise fall by the wayside and ensured it was kept to the forefront of our hospital campaign.”

The Minor Injuries Unit will accept children from 5 years upwards from Monday 24th September 2018.

They will treat:

  • Suspected broken bones to legs from knee to toes
  • Broken arms from collar bone to finger tips
  • All sprains and strains
  • Minor facial injuries (including oral, dental and nasal injuries
  • Minor scalds and burns
  • Wounds, bites, cuts, grazes and scalp lacerations
  • Splinters and fish hooks
  • Foreign bodies in eyes, ears, nose
  • Minor head injuries (fully conscious children, who did not experience loss of consciousness or vomit after the head injury)

Councillor Campbell also pointed out that “this will alleviate the pressure on Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda as well as the pressure on families with children who up until now, had to drive past a Minor Injuries Unit to get to an overstretched unit in Drogheda. This is good news for Dundalk.”

Cllr Pearse McGeough Condemns Vandalism at Church of Ireland

Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has condemned those responsible for the vandalism which took place recently at the Church of Ireland in Castlebellingham.

Cllr McGeough said “there was no rhyme or reason for this. A wire guard was pulled away from the window and several panes of glass were smashed which of course will have to be replaced at a cost, just for the sake of mindless people ‘having a laugh’.  That is just not good enough.”

Cllr McGeough also asked that people “respect the fact that Church grounds are sacred. I would ask that people not congregate there at the weekends using the porch entrance as shelter. There have been reports of visiting relatives feeling apprehensive as they come to visit their loved ones in the graveyard due to boisterous and anti-social behaviour around the porch. The porch area often has to be washed down before church services can be held on a Sunday morning.”

Cllr McGeough asked if anyone has any knowledge of the vandalism caused at the church to please contact the Gardaí in Castlebellingham. “This is a good community and we all live together and respect each other. Let’s not allow a few mindless people to ruin that.”

UPDATE:

After Cllr McGeough visited the Church of Ireland and highlighted the issue on his social media, the community of Castlebellingham expressed their support for the Church and Cllr McGeough received the following letter to the area:

The Church of Ireland community in Castlebellingham and in Mid Louth are most appreciative and wish to acknowledge and thank the community in general for their support in condemning the wanton damage which has taken place recently at the church in Castlebellingham. Wire guards were pulled from a window and numerous panes of glass were broken. We are also indebted to our local councillor Pearse McGeough for highlighting the damage caused by bringing it to public attention through social media.

We firmly believe that the damage done is carried out by a few people with no other motive other than to cause sheer vandalism and disturbance in the area and making it difficult for those wishing to visit the graveyard by using anti-social behaviour in the porch entrance to the church. This behaviour necessitates washing down the porch regularly often on a Sunday morning prior to church service.

We ask anybody who has knowledge of the people involved in this carry-on to let the Gardai in Castlebellingham know or by ringing 041 6871130.

We wish to thank all the people who have given their support to us at this time by condemning the actions of a few mindless vandals. For this we are most grateful.

Yours sincerely,

Rev.Joyce Moore (Assistant Priest, Kilsaran Union of Parishes)