Louth County Council to hold Voter Registration Clinics – Ó Murchú

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 register@louthcoco.ie 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.” 

Ó Murchú puts forward motion on domestic violence paid leave

Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has introduced a motion at Louth County Council’s December meeting calling for up to 10 days paid leave for people suffering domestic abuse.

Speaking following the meeting, Councillor Ó Murchú said;

“Sinn Féin recently introduced legislation to provide for a statutory entitlement to domestic violence paid leave.

“This time off is necessary so that people can access legal, medical and court services

“It also provides time to source alternative accommodation – which is increasingly difficult in the current housing crisis.

“A recent study carried out by Tusla and homeless charity Good Shepherd Cork found that women who left their homes because of violence were often unable to find alternative accommodation, and were forced to return to violent abusers.

“Domestic violence continues to be under-reported due to stigma, shame and fear.

“One in five women will experience violence in their own home, and forty-one per cent of Irish women know someone in their circle of family or friends who have experienced intimate partner violence.

“Domestic violence also follows victims into the workplace. Co-workers may be aware that a colleague is being abused, but without a workplace policy, are unsure how best to support them.

“Managers need guidance on how to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and how to respond to a staff member’s disclosure.

“Domestic Abuse is a problem across our community and the solutions will involve the whole of our society.

“This legislation is one significant move in the right direction and we need to ensure it becomes law as soon as possible.”

Ó Murchú seeks update on Halliday Mills, Quay Street

Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has sought an update from Louth County Council officials regarding the development of the Halliday Mills, formerly Ard Dealgan, complex on Quay Street.

The Dundalk councillor made queries on the project during the recent meeting of Dundalk Municipal District.

Cllr Ó Murchú said,

“Louth County Council officials have informed me that the redevelopment of the site is a complicated process.

“There have been many false dawns regarding the delivery of the 60 plus social housing units which it could yield.

“I am informed that currently a planning application from the proposed developer is going through a validation process and that Louth County Council are in support of the proposal, in principle.

“Although there may still be a long wait before families are actually living in Halliday Mills it is a crucial piece of infrastructure for Dundalk.

“The realisation of these homes will ensure that Louth County Council continues to achieve the targets set by Government in as part of Rebuilding Ireland. 

“More importantly it will mean that over 60 families will have a home of their own in which they are not subject to the whim of a landlord solely concerned with profit making.

“In addition the completion of this project will ensure that there is no scope for the serious anti-social behaviour which was a feature of this site for many years.” 

Councillor Ó Murchú concluded by saying that Louth County Council would update him over the coming weeks.

 

“I asked officials at the Dundalk Municipal District meeting for an update regarding the timeline for delivery of these homes.

 

“Officials have said that they will revert to me in due course.

 

“I will continue to press Louth County Council to ensure no time is lost in the delivery of Halliday Mills.”

Council to examine better interaction with Community Groups – Ó Murchú

During this month’s meeting of Dundalk Municipal District, Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú had proposed that Louth County Council would look at ways of improving the means of signposting groups to grants and funding streams.

Councillor Ó Murchú said;

“There are some very positive interactions between Louth County Council and the community and voluntary sector however I have met with so many groups and the first point they raise is access to funding.

“I understand that it is not always the remit of the council to signpost groups to funding opportunities but I think that a few simple actions could result in enhanced opportunities for groups.

“We discussed that Louth County Council could conduct an audit of how it interacts with community groups.

“I have also requested that Louth County Council look at creating a web page or portal for funding.

 

“This page, which would be updated each week, could operate on a sectoral basis and should include links to information from all potential funders and information regarding deadlines for application.”

Sinn Féin Selects Two to Contest General Election for Louth & East Meath

Former TD Arthur Morgan, Gerry Adams TD, Imelda Munster TD & Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú

 

Imelda Munster TD and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú have been selected by Sinn Féin members to contest next year’s general election on behalf of the Party.

The selection convention was held in the Grove Hotel in Dunleer and was attended by Sinn Féin members from across the constituency of Louth and East Meath, as well as Gerry Adams TD and former Louth TD Arthur Morgan.

Imelda Munster TD said:

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to stand for election on behalf of Sinn Féin again. I am proud that the people of the Louth and East Meath constituency elected me to represent them in Leinster House in 2016, and I have worked tirelessly on their behalf in that time.

“If elected next year I will continue to work hard for my constituents, standing up for the people of Louth and East Meath and holding those in power to account.

“This constituency has been left behind in many ways, for example in terms of infrastructure with the government not delivering on the Northern Cross Route for Drogheda, the Julianstown Bypass and the delay of the Ardee Bypass.

“I’ve consistently raised the issue of nursing homes double-charging residents, and I have legislation tabled to end that scandal.

“I will also continue to fight the government on the scandalous housing crisis and lack of affordable homes in Louth and across the state, hospital appointment waiting lists and other health issues, such as cancer patients having to fight to get medical cards.

“I stand up for Drogheda and East Meath in addressing the ongoing drugs gang feud and the horrific violence we’ve seen in our communities as a result of that.

“I have a reputation of never being afraid to speak up for the people I represent and if I’m fortunate enough to be re-elected I will continue this work.”

Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has been a formidable force on Louth County Council since 2017. During this time he has used his position to highlight many of the issues affecting the people of Louth.

Ruairí is currently campaigning for a Primary Care Centre and a CAMHS facility in Dundalk.

Ruairí is the Chairperson of Louth Drug and Alcohol Forum and is very active on community safety and works with the Gardaí and other agencies to tackle drug abuse.

Speaking after the convention, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú said:

“I am ambitious for Louth, I believe that different choices should be made and that’s why I want to retain two Sinn Féin TDs for this constituency. 

“I do not want to live in a country where children are forced to eat, sleep and live on the streets, where people wait years for medical procedures, where families cannot access respite and other essential supports.

“I want to live in a United Ireland with an equitable health system, where people have the right to a home, where the economy serves the people rather than the other way around.”