Cllr Ó Murchú Urges People to Support Palestinian Child Prisoners

Dundalk Sinn Féin will hold an awareness/solidarity protest at the Market Square in Dundalk on Saturday 17th February at 1pm to highlight the plight of Palestinian child prisoners that are being held in Israeli detention.

Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú said “every year there are approximately 500-700 Palestinian children detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. Some of these children are as young as twelve and the most common charge levied against them is stone throwing and three out of every four children experience physical violence through their arrest, transfer or interrogation. For a child convicted of stone throwing, the potential maximum sentence they face is 10 – 20 years depending on their age.”

Cllr Ó Murchú is asking everyone to attend the protest on Saturday 17th February and show their support for these children.

As of December 2017 there were 350 Palestinian children in detention and interestingly, not one Israeli child has ever come before this military court system.

16 year old Ahed Tamimi under arrest

Cllr Ó Murchú said “among these 350 Palestinian children that are currently being held is a young lady called Ahed Tamimi. Just before Christmas Ahed’s cousin 15 year old Mohammed Tamimi was shot at close range with a plastic bullet fired by an Israeli

15 year old Mohammed Tamimi

soldier. The bullet entered his skull leaving Mohammed in an induced coma and facing a seven hour operation.  About an hour later a very brave 16 year old Ahed Tamimi challenged heavily armed Israeli troops that were on her family’s land and slapped one of them. Ahed Tamimi was arrested and is in custody awaiting a military trial. If convicted she faces between 10 – 14 years in an Israeli prison. Ahed turned 17 a couple of weeks ago.”

“We are asking everyone to look at their own children, imagine if that was happening here in Dundalk. Imagine you had no voice to cry out against the injustice of it. Come to the Market Square on Saturday 17th February and show your support for Ahed and all the children that are being held. We need to be their voice.”

Cllr Ó Murchú also called on the Irish Government to “implement the Oireachtas decision taken in 2014 to recognise the State of Palestine and to upgrade the Palestinian Mission in Dublin to that of a full Embassy. If we are to make a meaningful change to what is happening in the Middle East then Governments need to speak up as do the international community.

Ó Murchú Welcomes the purchase of Dundalk FC by the Chicago based Peak6 Investments

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has today welcomed the purchase of Dundalk FC by Peak6 Investments and is positive that “it will bode well for the club going forward.”

Cllr Ó Murchú who was selected to replace Gerry Adams TD in the next General Election said “I would also like to applaud all those who ensured Dundalk FC’s survival, including the various committees and of course, the loyal fans. I would like to commend Paul Browne and Andy Connolly in particular for the service they have provided to Dundalk FC over the last number of years. They have put major financial supports in at a very difficult and important time for the club.”

“The club has since gone on to have major successes at home and abroad. I wish them every success in their future endeavours.”

 

Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú Nominates Mary-Lou for President of SF

At tonight’s meeting of the Duffy Downey Sinn Féin Cumann based in Dundalk South, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú nominated Mary-Lou McDonald to take over as President of Sinn Féin from Gerry Adams. Mr Adams will be standing down as leader and President on 10th February.

Cllr Ó Murchú said “I nominated Mary Lou McDonald for the position of Uachtarán Shinn Féin and it was unanimously endorsed by my Cumann. This nomination tonight is alongside nominations from Louth Comhairle Ceantir and Sinn Féin Cumainn throughout the county.”

Duffy Downey Cumann

Ruairí Ó Murchú who is hoping also to replace Mr Adams as TD for Louth and East Meath said “We can never express enough our gratitude to Gerry Adams TD for his exceptional leadership over the decades and also for all that he has done for Louth and East Meath. He has certainly put this constituency on the political map and he has our continued support.”

Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú – Avenue Road Community is in shock after incident

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú visited the scene on the Avenue Road in Dundalk today following reports of a stabbing incident.

The incident occurred around 9am where one man has died and two others were injured.

Cllr Ó Murchú said “I have spoken to Gardaí and one man has been confirmed dead. The community is in shock and they are appalled to hear what has happened. I want to also commend the actions of the Gardaí as they were summoned to the scene they were able to disarm the attacker and have subsequently arrested him.”

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died and we wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured.”

 

New Sinn Féin Line up for Dundalk South

L-R Ruairí O Murchú, Anne Campbell & Cllr Tomás Sharkey

Louth Sinn Féin held a convention this evening to formally nominate two new councillors to replace current Councillors Kevin Meenan and Jennifer Green who are standing down.

Cllr Kevin Meenan who stood down for health reasons will be replaced by Bay Estate man Ruairí O Murchú. Ruairí attended the Gael Scoil in Muirhevnamor and then St. Joseph’s NS where his father Gerry Murphy was principal.

Ruairí is married to Annemarie and is father to two sons and a stepson. He has worked in several positions for Sinn Féin both locally and regionally and is presently with the party’s Election Department.

Although he labels himself a novice, Ruairí is passionate about sports and enjoys boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing, running and mountain walking.

He is committed to the core Sinn Féin principles of Irish unity and creating a more just and equal society for all. He is a dedicated political activist who aims to listen to and serve the community and to continue the work on the ground of Cllr Kevin Meenan.

Jennifer Green also stood down from her role as Councillor to focus on her family.

Anne Campbell and out-going Cllr Jennifer Green

Speaking this evening Jennifer said “since I stood for election in 2014 I have had my third child. I feel I need to focus on and devote more time to my children. I feel I would be doing the people of Dundalk South a disservice if I couldn’t devote my full attention to constituency work. I am delighted to nominate Anne and I know she will be a fantastic asset to the team.”

Jennifer Green will be replaced by Anne Campbell. Anne is originally from Coalisland in Co Tyrone and has been living in Dundalk for over twenty years. She is married to Laurence and they have two sons aged nine and seven. Her parents Mary and Pat Campbell currently reside in Ravensdale.

Anne’s name will be familiar to those in Dundalk as she worked for the Democrat and more recently The Argus.

Through her journalism work Anne has built up a wide range of contacts in many walks of life; business, Gardaí, the public sector, health etc. She has developed an expertise in a number of aspects of the town particularly the criminal justice system in which she has retained a deep interest.

Anne has helped many people over the years sometimes by printing their stories but more often than not, helping them get in touch with those in authority or asking questions on their behalf. It is this aspect of her work that Anne enjoyed and will help her in her constituency work as a councillor.

Anne wants to help build a new Ireland where people without a voice will be heard and it will be an equal society where everyone is included.

Anne Campbell, Imelda Munster TD and Ruairí O Murchú

Louth Sinn Féin want to thank out-going Cllrs Kevin Meenan and Jennifer Green for all their dedication and hard work over the past number of years and we wish them health and happiness for many years to come.