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Monday, 10th September 2018

A major step forward for city status campaign

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Last week's meeting on the future of Drogheda.

The recent packed “Town Hall” meeting at the Westcourt Hotel where a community panel discussed Drogheda’s future in such eloquent and positive language has given the Drogheda City Status Group (DCSG) campaign a major shot in the arm.

IN a statement issued today the DCSG has described the meeting as a major step forward in the campaign to secure city status for Drogheda.

“Everyone present was passionate about the town and hinterland, and the wonderful success of the Fleadh reinforced that,” said DCSG Chairman Vincent Hoey,

“On our panel, the audience saw just a small sample of the exceptional talent we have in our local communities in Drogheda; South Louth and East Meath” Mr. Hoey said.

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“We are grateful to Ann McVeigh, Rory Scott, Peter Monahan and Karen Devine for setting out their vision of the Drogheda of the future. Added to that, we had the phenomenal knowledge of Town Planning expert, Dr. Brian Hughes who has been a great friend and supporter of Drogheda and it’s very rational case to become Ireland’s next city.”

Anna McKenna, Secretary of DCSG, said that since the group was formed over a decade ago, they have been actively campaigning, seeking the support of political and business representatives and the wider community.

“In the beginning, some people didn’t buy into Drogheda becoming a city, but as the town has grown, so too has the confidence of local people and pride of place, which was best demonstrated by the trojan work put into making the Fleadh such a success.

“In particular, it showed what the power of voluntary and community effort can achieve, and now we can direct that towards the next stage of securing city status for Drogheda. People power plays a key role in determining Drogheda’s future,” said Anna.

The City Status Group has been re-grouping following the summer break and already are engaging contacts locally, nationally and in Brussels, where Drogheda’s case for city status has been raised recently.

DCSG are also in contact with the Mayor, Cllr. Frank Godfrey with a view to planning further initiatives in the weeks ahead, and are keen that the widest political representation is involved in future events and initiatives.

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