Sunday, April 06, 2008

 

Kells picks its Candidate for Local Elections '09

I attended an event for the screening of new films by emerging Irish film makers in Drogheda Arts Centre. The evening was launched by the actor, film-maker, and playwright Mr Peter Sheridan. I had the pleasure of introducing him.

Arts Centre Speech

Speaking at the Drogheda Arts Centre (Film Director Fiona Ashe is on the left)
One of the films on display was about the M3 and the Tara Valley by the Director Fiona Ashe. You can check it out on youtube.

Alveno Heights estate in Laytown continues to suffer from a lack of investment. Despite high hopes in the last couple of years that work would be done, there are still no concrete timescales for the works. I took some time off to go canvassing around the estate last week and it's clear that opinions are still strong on the issue: the upgrade should not be linked to the provision of additional housing on the green areas.

This week saw the selection of our candiate for the June '09 local elections for the Kells electoral Area. Meath has five electoral areas, Slane (where I live), Dunshaughlin, Navan, Trim and Kells. Dunshaughlin and part of Kells, with Slane, form Meath East constituency, Navan and Kells form Meath West. I chaired the convention, which chose Cllr Brian Collins from Kells as our candidate.

Kells Area Selection Convention

Cllr Brian Collins, Cllr Tommy Grimes and myself at the Headford Arms Hotel

Brian won a seat on the Town Council in '04 on his first attempt. He also ran in the General Election last year in Meath West. So, he has been consistently building his profile in the area. It will be a tough campaign but I think he's going to win a seat.

I also headed north to Dundalk during the week and met our new Dundalk Candidate, Frank O'Brien. Frank has high hopes of taking a seat next year, and was in buoyant mood after his selection. Over the next few months we will be putting candidates in place across the northeast - the elections will be upon us before we know it!

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