Sinn Féin general election candidate Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú has encouraged people to check if they are registered to vote in the upcoming election on 8th February.
Councillor Ó Murchú said;
“I welcome the fact that Louth County Council will host registration clinics at County Hall, Dundalk and Fair Street, Drogheda this coming Saturday 18th January from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
“People can attend and check to see if they are on the voter register. If they are not they can complete the necessary paperwork there and then.
“Anyone who wishes to get on the register must bring a standard photo ID and proof of address to the clinic on the day.
“Alternatively people can visit www.checktheregister.ie to check if they are included.
“If they are not listed on this website, people should contact Louth County Council on 1890 202303 or email@example.com to check if they are on the supplementary register.
“If this is not the case people can complete form RFA2 which is available on www.louthcoco.ie website and return it to Louth County Council by 5pm on Wednesday 22nd January.”
Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has described the current closure of Dundalk Civil Registration Office as unacceptable and has written to the Minister for Health asking for an explanation and for the office to be reopened.
Gerry Adams said:
“The closure, without any notification, of the Civil Registration Services office in Dundalk has proven enormously disruptive for local people wanting to register births, deaths, and marriages. The unannounced closure of this busy office is entirely unacceptable.
I have asked the Health Minister, who is responsible, why this decision was taken? I have also queried what steps Minister Harris plans to take towards the reopening of the office and when members of the public might expect this service to be available once more.
“My party colleague Cllr Anne Campbell has received complaints from constituents who only discovered the office was closed when they went to register.
“It is totally unfair that the constituents of north Louth are now expected to travel to Drogheda to carry out routine registration of births, deaths and marriages. The distance from Omeath to Drogheda is 59 kilometres. For families who have either just had a birth or death this is an unnecessary burden at what is obviously a stressful time.
“We already know that people are expected to travel to Drogheda to access many types of medical care. The range of services which had been delivered at Louth County Hospital and then removed have never been replaced in the town and people accessing mental health services such as CAMHS have no suitable premises in Dundalk and they too must go to Drogheda.
“The argument for the removal of medical services to Drogheda has long been that expertise is centred there. However, there is no rationale for the loss of administrative functions, such as the civil registration office, from Dundalk. The Minister has a responsibility to explain why Dundalk Registration Office was closed without notice and tell us when we can expect that it will be re-opened?”