Keogan looking at shot at Drogheda council seat
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