De Valera’s devotion to St Oliver revealed at Glenside
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