Kenneth Flood Selected to Run in 2019 Elections for Drogheda Urban

Kenneth Flood with his wife Jenny and son.

Sitting councilor Kenneth Flood has been selected by Sinn Féin to run in the 2019 local elections for the Party.

Imelda Munster TD proposed Kenneth and said “Ken is always in touch with and communicating with people on the ground. He is diligent and hard working so I have no problem standing here to propose him. Kenneth is meticulous in his research of an issue, to the point of being a nerd, which is a good thing and stands to him. The Drogheda team have always

Kenneth with his proposer Imelda Munster TD

worked well together and Kenneth is not afraid to hold management of any organization to account and he’s not afraid to take on officials. He always represents the people and has never forgot that is what he is there for.”

Kenneth Flood then accepted the nomination and thanked “the Bobby Sands Cumann who have been a great support. We work hard in communities because that’s where we are from and we want to better them for everyone. The Cumann and I do the work where and when it needs done, that’s what we do and that’s what I hope to continue to do after next year.”

The new line up so far in Drogheda

Eugene Garvey Selected For Dundalk Carlingford

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

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

In Dundalk South, the three current councillors were selected, Tomás Sharkey, Anne Campbell and Ruairí Ó Murchú, the latter two facing election for the first time having been co-opted within the last 14 months.

In Dundalk Carlingford, the two sitting Councillors Edel Corrigan and Antóin Watters were selected together with a new face, Eugene Garvey, an activist from the St

Eugene, wife Claire and daughter Saoirse

Nicholas’ area of Dundalk.

Eugene is a 34 year old married father of two and has been a Republican all of his life. He has been a member of Sinn Féin and a community activist for over 15 years.

Eugene is a qualified accountant and is involved in a number of charities and is especially passionate about the issue of homelessness.

Eugene has been in the position of renting a home and also having to travel for work so he understands the challenges faced by people in today’s uncertain climate.

Speaking after the convention, Garvey said “I am humbled and honoured to have been put forwarded and subsequently selected by the Halpenny Worthington Watters Cumann and look forward to joining the Sinn Féin team on Louth County Council.”

At the 2014 Local elections, Sinn Féin lost out on the third seat in Dundalk Carlingford by the narrowest of margins. Fianna Fail beat JJ Quigley by just 4 votes.

Eugene Garvey will be working hard to take that third seat in 2019.

7 selected candidates and 2 TDs

If you want to help out in Eugene’s campaign then please contact him via facebook or you can contact the Sinn Fein office at 1-2 Crowe Street.

Please support Eugene’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Elect-Eugene-Garvey-for-Sinn-Féin-571078723346337/

 

Winning the Campaign for Irish Unity – Gerry Adams TD

This weekend Ógra Sinn Féin held a weekend of conversation and discussion in the Muirhevnamor Community Centre in Dundalk. Among the speakers were Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald, Louise O’Reilly TD, Megan Fearon MLA and Caoimhe Archibald MLA.


Local Louth TD Gerry Adams spoke at the event on Saturday. The former Sinn Féin leader spoke on the role of women and the campaign to achieve Irish unity.


Gerry Adams said:
“Women have played an essential role in the struggle for Irish freedom. At the turn of the 20th century Republican women were indispensably involved in many of the emerging organisations which were giving voice to the cultural, sporting and language renewal and rebirth that was taking place. Today that involvement continues and Sinn Féin is now led by two formidable women activists; Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill. And at this time the Sinn Féin candidate for the Presidency of Ireland is another formidable women Liadh Ní Riada”.


On the issue of a unity referendum and winning that referendum Gerry Adams said:


“We won’t have any kind of a republic until we have a united Ireland. We won’t have a united Ireland until we end the union with Britain. We now have a way of achieving this. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement – a majority vote in a unity referendum obliges the British government to leave.


Despite the negativity of the Irish and British governments there is growing support for a referendum on unity and for a united Ireland. But there is much work to be done. Republicans have a responsibility to map out the kind of shared new Ireland, we are working to build.


To advance this objective we must foster a ‘Yes for Unity’ movement which is much wider and broader than Sinn Féin. We don’t own the unity debate and we know that throughout Irish history progress has been best served when likeminded individuals and groups come together to work for a common goal.  


That was evident in 1916. It was most evident in the recent successful referendums on marriage equality and women’s health. We need to reach out to others and persuade them to join the campaign for a referendum and for unity.


There is also a responsibility on the Irish government and all of those parties which proclaim their commitment to a united Ireland, to work together and bring forward plans to achieve this. That means the Irish Government must advocate for, and plan for, a unity referendum and Irish Unity.


Ending partition and the call for a unity referendum have been given an added impetus by the threat Brexit it poses to the Good Friday Agreement and to the two economies on this island. The British government’s intention to take the North out of the EU, despite the vote by a majority of people there to remain, is a hostile action.


Despite this I believe that working together we can win a referendum on Irish unity. It is no longer a matter of if but when. After almost 100 years of a failed partitionist system and centuries of British involvement in Irish affairs, it is time for the Irish people, all of us on the island of Ireland, to shape out our own future”.

SF Launch Petition to Bring Back Our Bring Banks for Plastic

Following a decision by Louth County Council officials to cease collection of plastics at Bring Centres across the county in July, Sinn Féin Cllr Joanna Byrne brought an emergency motion to the monthly meeting that month asking that “Louth County Council reverse their decision to cease collecting plastics from their bring banks, effective immediately.”

Her motion was unanimously supported by all the Councillors present from all parties. Almost all the councillors spoke on the issue, raising their concerns and questioning the logic behind the decision..

Following the passing of the motion, Chief Executive Joan Martin said “I have listened to the members and took on board their points but as of now I am not prepared to reverse the decision.”

Bring Banks overflowing with plastic bottles 1 week after the decision

Since then there has been public outrage at the axing of this vital service  and an increase in illegal dumping so Louth Sinn Féin  and Cllr Joanna Byrne have launched an online petition to highlight the want and the need to reinstate this service, for the people of the County.

Back in July Cllr Joanna Byrne said “we are told to recycle, we are encouraged to recycle and now Louth County Council place obstacles in the way of recycling plastic. We are told that it costs €136,000 pa for this service and people should recycle ‘responsibly’. Surely that’s what people are trying to do by bringing their plastics to the bring banks.”

This service was temporarily reinstated following the Water Crisis a few weeks later and again at that time Cllr Byrne contacted the Chief Executive and asked that it be made a permanent decision, to no avail.

Now is the time to stand up and let your voice be heard – Like, Share and Sign this petition !!!

Please find the link below, it will also be found on any of our Reps Social Media channels.

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bring-back-the-bring-banks-in-louth

 

Louth Sinn Féin Jackpot Scooped By Lucky Winner

L-R Cllr Jim Loughran, Louth SF Chair Ruairí O Murchú, Oisín Watters & Antoin Watters

L-R Cllr Jim Loughran, Louth SF Chair Ruairí O Murchú, Oisín Watters & Antoin Watters

Christmas has come early for Oisín Watters from Dundalk/Carlingford area who scooped Louth Sinn Féin’s €10,000 jackpot last Tuesday night.

The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 19, 27 and proved lucky for Oisín who does the same numbers every week.

The local councillor for Oisín’s area, Jim Loughran said “We are all delighted for Oisín and wish him well with it. It couldn’t happen to a nicer fella. Not bad for a €2 stake.”

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the lotto please contact your local Sinn Féin office in Dundalk or Drogheda, your local Louth SF Councillor or any SF activist or Cumann either directly or through their Facebook pages. It is €2 per line, you choose 4 numbers and keep your fingers crossed. As easy as that.