Keogan look­ing at shot at Drogheda coun­cil seat

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

Cllr says she will look at maps and de­cide

LAYTOWN-BET­TYS­TOWN Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict coun­cil­lor Sharon Keogan is hop­ing to join such lu­mi­nar­ies as Ea­mon DeValera and Michael Collins in the his­tory books by be­com­ing the first woman to win seats in mul­ti­ple con­stituen­cies in this year’s lo­cal elec­tions.

The Duleek woman has al­ready de­clared she will be run­ning in her cur­rent area on May 24th, as well as the Ash­bourne area, as she did in 2014.

She nar­rowly missed win­ning the sec­ond seat by just 11 votes.

Cllr Keogan now says she is also con­sid­er­ing throw­ing her name in the hat for ei­ther Drogheda Ur­ban or Ru­ral, or pos­si­bly both, as she feels she could do a bet­ter job than the cur­rent in­cum­bents.

“I will be look­ing at maps this week to see what ar­eas are taken in and will make a de­ci­sion then,” she told the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent.

“Look­ing after mul­ti­ple ar­eas is ex­actly what TDs do, and I al­ready do so much work in the Ash­bourne area, I feel like I al­ready do­ing the job.”

Cllr Keogan is once again run­ning as an In­de­pen­dent can­di­date and says she feels a shake-up is needed in Drogheda, and some ‘Keogan-magic’ would help it rise from the ashes’ ”.

“I don’t think Drogheda is any­where near to reach­ing its po­ten­tial, and is still los­ing out to Dun­dalk, with few coun­cil­lors com­mit­ted to chang­ing that,” she says.

“The Fleadh was fan­tas­tic, but it needs more in terms of fight­ing the drugs war and im­prov­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and I also think it would be good to have an In­de­pen­dent woman on the coun­cil, as there are very few in pol­i­tics there.”

Cllr Keogan was for­merly a mem­ber of Fianna Fáil’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive. She left the party after fail­ing to se­cure a nom­i­na­tion to con­test the 2011 Dáil elec­tion, which she fought un­suc­cess­fully as part of an al­liance of In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates known as New Vi­sion.

How­ever, she still has her eye on a seat in Kil­dare Street if the op­por­tu­nity arose.

“I’m not sure if I have the en­ergy or stamina to be a TD, but yes I would def­i­nitely run for the Dail in the fu­ture,” she told the Drogheda In­de­pen­dent.

Cllr Keogan is cur­rently lead­ing a war against drugs in Duleek and will chair a forth­com­ing meet­ing in the Court­house on Tue­day Jan­uary 15th at 8pm, to form a task­force to com­bat the prob­lem.

Rory O’Con­nor from Rory’s Sto­ries will speak, and fundrais­ing and in­ter­ven­tion so­lu­tions will be dis­cussed. All are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Cllr Sharon Keogan

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