Cllr Pearse McGeough Questions Part 5 Procedures

Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough is seeking clarification from Louth County Council on their procedures to ensure standards have been met when purchasing social housing homes from Developers under Part 5 of the Planning Act.

The issue arose when Cllr McGeough was asked to visit a constituent who was living in one such house.

Cllr McGeough said “what I seen was appalling. The ceiling was damp and there was even damp running down the windows and there was mould. Now, this house isn’t very old and was purchased under Part 5 of the Planning Act which basically means the Council bought it from a Developer for social housing. I want to know what the procedure is when purchasing such a house. Is there a snag list as would be normal within a certain timeframe? Was there an inspection carried out before purchase as would also be the norm?”

Cllr McGeough said “we need social housing very badly in this county but when tax payers money is being used to purchase these homes then we must ensure there is value for money and we are not being left with sub-standard housing. In this particular case, there are children living in the house. Living in these conditions will inevitably lead to health problems.”

Tom Cunningham Selected for Drogheda Rural

Tom giving his acceptance speech

Councillor Tom Cunningham has been selected by Sinn Féin to run in the new constituency of Drogheda Rural leaving his old stomping ground of Mid Louth. thanks to the recent boundary changes.

Tom was proposed by Cllr Pearse McGeough who said “I was alone in Mid-Louth until Tom Cunningham got elected in 2014 and he has been a great addition to the area and I will miss him. When Tom got elected, the first thing he did was opened a clinic in Ardee and that is there every Saturday morning come rain, hail

Pearse McGeough nominates Tom

or shine. He also enabled me to become Cathaoirleach of the district, something that would not have been achieved without him. He has made a difference in Mid-Louth and I am sure he will do as good a job in Drogheda Rural, they are very lucky to be getting him.”

Tom Cunningham thanked Pearse for all his support and guidance and said “it was a pleasure to work with Pearse and the night Pearse became Cathaoirleach was certainly a night to remember. We broke their pact to keep us out of offices.”

Tom especially wanted to thank his three daughters who were all in attendance. “Those poor girls are dragged to events and

Pearse McGeough and Tom with his 3 beautiful daughters

spend most of their Saturdays with me at the Ardee clinic, and never a word of complaint from them. If they didn’t, I would hardly see them at all and that just wouldn’t be fair. They are always supporting me and cheering me on and I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have their support.”

The three girls proudly cheered as their Dad sat down with the oldest girl Stephanie looking for a hole in the ground in which to put her head.

Tom’s running mate in the area is still to be confirmed. His nomination was seconded by David Cusack from the Tullyallen Cumann which Tom will be working closely with.

Tom & David Cusack

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.”