Monday, May 14, 2007


What's Another Weekend?

A busy weekend. We had Pat R down to visit East Meath. We started off in Scotch Hall and then travelled out to Duleek, where we were met by the Meath Chronicle’s Joan Duignan. We did a walkabout of the village, talking to people on the main street and then went in to the Jumping Bean Café. Joan then travelled with us into Drogheda to Millmount Abbey where we held a press conference about Unfinished Estates

We chose Millmount Abbey because it’s an example of how to do things right. I first canvassed the estate three years go (for the local elections) and I’ve probably called to every door there about 5 or 6 times in the last three years. It’s always been a pleasure to canvas there – people are happy with their houses and where they live. Our position is that poor developers should find it difficult to get planning permissions and that good developers (like here) should be encouraged.

Press conference at Scotch Hall
Press Conference about Unfinished Housing Estates

The Battle Bus then went to Betaghstown Wood in Bettystown before going to Stamullen for an hour. We were joined on the day with European colleagues from France and Portugal, who came along to observe our campaign and to help out.

On Saturday night I took the night off and watched RTE's Eurovision coverage. Where is Johnny Logan when you need him? Actually, as it turns out, he was at home in County Meath. I know this because I called to his house and asked him for his vote last week!

After church in Curragha on Sunday I attended the launch of our €1 bus fare policy. We propose to introduce a flat fare of €1 from Ratoath, Dunshaughlin and Ashbourne to Dublin.

pat roisin dominic
Bus Fare Launch in Dublin

After the launch I went to Ratoath and called to houses in Somerville, Fox Lodge and the Village Green. Although the temperature outside was cold, the reception on the doors was warm. The opinion of my team is that Ratoath is all to play for!

Hi Dominic,

will Johnny Logan be voting Labour?
I might get an old scratch there somewhere!
*chuckle* Imagine the irony if he was looking at "HANNIGAN, Cllr Dominic" on the ballot paper and didn't bother lashing a number down beside it thinking, "What's another year... or three..." One should hope not!

Best of luck Dominic; as an emigrant from Meath West it's a little outside of my territory but all the best next week anyway.
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