Louth Garda Anti Drugs operation welcomed

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the recent action by An Garda Síochána against “drug related intimidation behaviours.”

Gerry Adams said; “Two weeks ago I met a family in mid Louth that was living under constant threat of violence following their refusal to hand money over to drugs gangs.

“Following this meeting I raised the issue of drug related intimidation with the Justice Minister and I demanded that Gardaí in Louth be provided with the resources to protect this family and address the drugs epidemic in the county.

“I wish to commend the work of An Garda Síochána in Louth. “I again call on the Justice Minister to allocate the appropriate resources to deal with this.

“I have also asked him to introduce or support legislation to ensure proof of identity will be required in the purchase of mobile phones as this is the method of communication used in this intimidation.

Cllr Ó Murchú

Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú added: “I have been liaising with the Gardaí in Louth on the issue of intimidation of families by drugs criminals for some time now. “These gangs are targeting the family members of people they deem to owe drug debts.

“I have dealt with numerous families across Mid Louth and Dundalk who have endured intimidation and attack.

“In some cases families have feared for their lives due to a consistent campaign of intimidation by gang members.

“An Garda Síochána have stated that today’s operation occurred as part of an ongoing investigation into drug related intimidation in the Drogheda and mid-Louth area.

“I welcome this and I hope that those involved in drugs crime face the full rigours of the justice system.

“I also want to condemn the actions of criminals who set fire to cars belonging to off duty gardaí in Knockbridge yesterday. This type of intimidation of members of An Garda Síochána is not acceptable.”

1350 Respite nights to be delivered in Dundalk: Ó Murchú

Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that the new respite house for Dundalk will provide 1350 bed nights per year.
Speaking following his attendance at Louth Disability Forum meeting in Ardee on Friday 16th November the Sinn Féin councillor said,
“I am very pleased for people with disabilities and their families that this house is to be operational within the coming weeks and that 1350 bed nights will be provided annually.
“The HSE confirmed to me that currently the care provider, Praxis, is meeting with the people who will stay in the house and their families to get to know their personalities and needs.
“The property, on the Dublin Road, Dundalk, is being assessed by HIQA on Monday 19th November and hopefully the registration process will be completed soon after.
“I have spoken with families who will be using this respite service and they are delighted to finally be able to avail of respite in Dundalk.
“I hope that this new premises will go some way towards redressing the inadequacies in provision for people with disabilities in County Louth.”

Ruairi Ó Murchú Selected for Local Elections in 2019

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

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

Dundalk Carlingford has the two sitting councilors selected, Antóin Watters and Edel Corrigan with new face Eugene Garvey from Dundalk.

In Dundalk South the three sitting Councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Anne Campbell and Ruairi Ó Murchú.

Ruairi Ó Murchú was proposed on behalf of the Duffy Downey Cumann by Kevin Meenan who thanked Ruairí for all his work since he was co-opted 14 months ago. Ruairí has brought energy to the area as he hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. Ruairi replaced Kevin Meenan on the Council.Ruairí was seconded by JC.

Speaking after the convention, Cllr Ó Murchú said “the last 14 months have been hectic as I am continuing the excellent work done by Kevin Meenan. I want to thank Kevin for his support and valuable advice over these past months. It’s not an easy job but it is very satisfying when you can help people and make a difference in their lives.”

Ruairi was also selected at an earlier convention to replace Gerry Adams as TD when he retires at the end of the current term so let’s hope a General Election won’t be called before May 2019 or Duffy Downey Cumann will be seeking a new candidate for the Council election.

Ruairi said “I am looking forward to continuing the work of the past 14 months and am always grateful for any help.”

Ruairi and Duffy Downey Cumann

If you would like to help out in Ruairí’s campaign please contact him or call into the SF office 1 – 2 Crowe Street. All help is appreciated, leafleting, postering, canvassing, whatever you can do…

Ruairí with the other candidates selected and our 2 TDs

Ruairí can be contacted through social media, the office in Dundalk or the Duffy Downey Cumann Facebook page.

Ó Murchú: Gov Need to Get Realistic over Garda Resources

The lack of resources for policing Dundalk and North Louth, while Gardaí should be preparing for Brexit in less than six months’ time, was “laid bare in a frank and shocking fashion” at the public meeting of the Joint Policing Committee in Carlingford, according to Sinn Féin’s Ruairí Ó Murchú.

“Louth Garda’s Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan was “very forthright” in his assessment of the resources available to Gardaí in this area” Cllr. Ó Murchú said, “and highlighted, a number of times, the ‘deplorable’ state of Dromad Garda station on the border.”

The meeting, which was held in the Four Seasons Hotel, heard from CS Mangan about how he has been ‘forceful’ in his pleas to the Assistant Commissioner for more resources, including better Garda stations, and for more cars, particularly for the community policing units in Dundalk and Drogheda, which currently have none.

Cllr. Ó Murchú said; “CS Mangan was articulate and very forthright in his assessment of the resources needed immediately for policing in Dundalk and North Louth. It was shocking to hear how he has been asking repeatedly for an upgrade for Dromad station, which he said is in a ‘deplorable’ state. In addition, he revealed that he has been involved in planning for policing post-Brexit, which he admitted will take a huge amount of resources.

“And on top of this, this is one of the busiest districts in policing terms in the State.”

Cllr Ó Murchú said “It is clear there are serious problems in this area and Garda management have to listen to what CS Mangan is saying. And more importantly, the government, who are framing the budget next week, have to give proper and realistic regard to the additional resources needed, not only for everyday policing – which is clearly suffering – but also to prepare adequately for Brexit.

“In the wider context, the government needs to ensure there is no intensification of customs and security checks at the border and for this to happen, the experts now widely agree, means the North has to stay within the customs union and the single market.”

Ó Murchú Welcomes Dundalk Respite Services

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has welcomed commitments made by the HSE during a meeting of the Louth Disabilities Forum this morning that respite services will be operational in Dundalk by mid October.

Councillor Ó Murchú said; said;

“This Forum, which includes parents of people with disabilities, political representatives and HSE staff, has been meeting for over a year on the issue of respite.

“During this time my colleague Gerry Adams TD and I have been raising gaps in provision which exist across the county and particularly in the Dundalk area.

“I am satisfied that commitments made during this morning’s meeting in Ardee have confirmed that respite will finally be operational in the coming weeks.

“For far too long citizens with disabilities in north Louth have been ignored. Their parents are extremely frustrated and understandably so.

“I will be working closely with the HSE disabilities manager for CHO 8 to ensure that his commitments come to fruition.