Sinn Féin’s Kevin Meenan Stands Down as County Councillor in Louth

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.”

 

Cllr Alan Cassidy to be Replaced by David Saurin

Alan Cassidy (L) congratulates David Saurin

Sinn Féin Councillor Alan Cassidy from Tullyallen has announced his resignation from Louth County Council. Alan was elected in 2014. Cassidy who has a young family said “I have come to the conclusion that I am not in a position to give my work as a County Councillor the time that it demands. I believe it is in the best interests of those who elected me as a Sinn Fein representative that I step aside and make way for someone who can give the role the time it deserves. This has not been an easy decision, however,I feel this is the correct course of action. Being elected to Louth County Council has been the greatest honour and privilege ever bestowed upon me and for that I will always be eternally grateful and humbled. I would like to thank all of my family for their support.

Alan Cassidy also paid tribute to his fellow Drogheda elected representatives;  “I would like to thank Kenneth Flood and Joanna Byrne both for their friendship and advice. Also I would like to thank Deputy Imelda Munster for all her time, advice and help she has given me.

“Finally I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of the people of the South Louth /Drogheda constituency.”

Alan Cassidy also announced that David Saurin, also from Tullyallen will be replacing him. This was decided at a convention held over a week ago at the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda.

Speaking at the convention, Cassidy, who proposed Saurin said “I have known David Saurin most of my life. He is both a friend and a comrade. David was instrumental in getting me elected in 2014 and he commands huge respect across the whole community regardless of peoples political affiliations . David’s family has a proud history of Republicanism stretching back over 100 years. I have no doubt he will fight tooth and nail for the people of South Louth. When I joined the party it was David who took me under his wing as it were; and the lessons he taught me will remain with me always. David will strengthen further an already strong team of councillors”.

L-R Alan Cassidy, David Saurin, Imelda Munster TD, Cllr Kenneth Flood

David Saurin was unanimously selected on the night. He is currently cathaorleach of the Colonel Leonard Cumann having previously chaired the  Bobby Sands Cumann, as well as serving on the Louth Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantar in a number of different roles.

David Saurin upon accepting the nomination said “I can remember a time in this town when we had no elected representatives.  Mathew Coogan and I used to hold clinic at the old offices on Rope walk. It is a testament to the people of Louth how far we have come. We are now the largest party in the council with ten Councillors and we have two TDs. Deputy Munster not only being the first Sinn Fein T.D for this end of the county, but also the first female TD for Louth and East Meath. We will continue to work for a United Ireland and copper fasten the good will of citizens who have seen the work of Sinn Féin representatives across the entire country.”

Ending the meeting, David Saurin thanked delegates for their support and is expected to formally take his seat at the next full meeting of Louth County Council.

The full text of Alan’s resignation letter can be read below:

Over recent months I have come to the conclusion that I am not in a position to give my work as a County Councillor the time that it demands. Therefore I believe it is in the best interests of those who elected me as a Sinn Fein representative that I step aside and make way for someone who can give the role the time it deserves. This has not been an easy decision nevertheless I feel this is the correct course of action.

I will continue to work closely with the party now, and into the future, albeit behind the scenes. Being elected by my peers to Louth County Council has been the greatest honour and privilege ever bestowed upon me and for that I will always be eternally grateful and humbled. I would like to thank all of my family for their support. I would like to thank the Col. Leonard and Bobby Sands Cumainn for all their support. In particular I would like to thank Cllrs Kenneth Flood and Joanna Byrne both for their friendship and advice. Also I would like to thank Deputy Imelda Munster for all her time, advice and help she has given me. I would also like to thank Gerry Adams TD for his leadership, support and guidance. He remains an inspiration.

I would also like to thank my director of elections Mathew Coogan for his insight, wit and razor sharp humour. I would also like to thank the 9 other Sinn Féin councillors. We are the largest party in the council, the most capable and formidable. I would urge other councillors to cease from entering undemocratic pacts and uniting to block Sinn Féin at all levels in the chamber. Without a doubt failing to adopt the d’hondt system was a dis-service for the electorate of Louth.

I remain committed to the ideals and objectives of a 32 county democratic socialist republic. Only through the implementation of this Republic will we as a nation heal our hurts and achieve a hereto un-utilised sense of freedom and self determination.

Finally I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of the people of the South Louth /Drogheda constituency.

Go raibh míle, míle maith agaibh go leor. Beiraigí bua agus beanacht.

Alan Cassidy,

Hill of Rath