Sunday, May 10, 2009


Labour kicks off its campaign in Meath

On Tuesday we launched the party's policy on Taxis. Myself, Deputy Tommy Broughan and Deputy Mary Upton launched the document at Buswells Hotel. The document welcomes the additional choice that customers now have as a result of the expanded base of taxis. It also calls for stricter licencing requirements, so that safety standards are improved for passengers.

Taxi reform policy launch
Myself, Tommy and Mary at the launch in Buswells

You can read our document here

The local election campaign got underway in earnest later that evening. We were ready to go at midnight on Tuesday night with teams of poster erectors across the county. They worked throughout the night and the following day in fairly appalling weather. Thanks to a great effort we had all of our postering completed before the end of the week.

There are just four weeks left in the campaign. With the postering completed it's now time to move on to leafleting and canvassing. I was in the Seanad all week but managed to get some canvassing in on a few of the evenings.

I spent Saturday in Trim with our candidate for Meath County Council, Tracy McElhinney and our candidates for Trim Town Council James O'Shea and Donal O'Brien. All of them are first time candidates and all have an excellent chance of getting elected.

Tracy in Trim
Tracy on the Dublin Road in Trim

We got a great reception on the doors. James seems to know absolutely everyone and Tracy was also well know, - she works in the Trim Castle Hotel so is always around the place. I hope to get back to Trim over the next four weeks to help the team.

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