De Valera’s de­vo­tion to St Oliver re­vealed at Glen­side

Drogheda Independent - - OPINION -

THE Glen­side Ho­tel saw a great turnout for the pub­lic meet­ing with Fianna Fail’s Ea­mon O Cuiv TD which was or­gan­ised by the South Louth East Meath Comhairle Cean­tair.

Deputy O Cuiv, FF party spokesman on Re­gional De­vel­op­ment, Rural Af­fairs and the Gaeltacht, was de­lighted to be back in Drogheda, re­call­ing that his grand­fa­ther, for­mer Taoiseach and Pres­i­dent of Ire­land Ea­mon de Valera, had a great de­vo­tion to St. Oliver Plun­kett, and had vis­ited his shrine in St. Peter’s Church only days be­fore his death in 1975.

Not­ing that Drogheda was now of­fi­cially the big­gest town in Ire­land, Deputy O Cuiv spoke at length about how Fianna Fail would fight to se­cure its fu­ture pros­per­ity and cre­ate em­ploy­ment in South Louth and East Meath.

High­light­ing the dan­gers of Brexit for Ire­land, he em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of Ire­land’s re­tain­ing a suf­fi­cient de­gree of sovereignty to en­able it, and the bor­der re­gion in par­tic­u­lar, to com­pete eco­nom­i­cally with the large EU Mem­ber States like France and Ger­many.

He crit­i­cised the Fine Gael / In­de­pen­dent gov­ern­ment for not do­ing enough to help the young peo­ple of Drogheda, cit­ing the ob­sta­cles placed in their way in terms of buy­ing houses and af­ford­ing mo­tor in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums which some­times cost more than their cars. If prob­lems like th­ese were not solved, he warned of the dan­ger of a gen­er­a­tion grow­ing up which felt that it had no stake or own­er­ship in so­ci­ety and pledged that Fianna Fail would tackle that head on, as it had suc­cess­fully done in pre­vi­ous decades.

South Louth East Meath PRO Anthony Moore said the au­di­ence was thrilled with the speech, say­ing:- “Deputy O Cuiv’s speech made clear that Fianna Fail is iden­ti­fy­ing the real is­sues of con­cern to peo­ple and work­ing hard to come up with prac­ti­cal poli­cies to deal with them.

‘ This is a ma­jor con­trast with the cur­rent, PR-fix­ated gov­ern­ment which, as he pointed out, is do­ing noth­ing to solve prob­lems like the hous­ing cri­sis or cut some slack to hard-work­ing peo­ple strug­gling to make ends meet or job-creators who are tied up in ad­min­is­tra­tive red tape.

‘His ideas were a real breath of fresh air and have given a great boost to Fianna Fail lo­cally in our ef­forts to put Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath cen­tre-stage in Fianna Fail’s pol­i­cy­mak­ing for the North East.”

Richard Cooney, Chair of the South Louth East Meath Comhairle Cean­tair, Anthony Moore and Deputy O Cuiv

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