Cllr. Kevin Callan.
On Thursday, 14th June last, the Boundary Committee published its report which, along with many other changes, split Drogheda into two Electoral Areas - Drogheda Urban with six seats, and Drogheda Rural with four.
Today Independent Councillor and Deputy Mayor Kevin Callan has declared that he is to run for election in BOTH areas.
“I think splitting the area in two with a line down the middle is a nonsense” Callan told Drogheda Life this morning.
“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “The urban and rural electoral line draws a line through housing estates such as Ballymakenny and Newfoundwell. I will be calling to people regardless of what side of the line their house sits.
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“I have worked very closely with people in both areas and as far as I’m concerned people living in areas such as Termonfeckin, Tullyallen, Clogherhead or Baltray shouldn’t be treated any differently.”
“I covered the whole area at the last local election and the general election so I’m going to do the same again.
“To me Drogheda and South Louth are the same thing and drawing a line which in some places splits the same housing estate in two is nonsense.
Callan said that he would be seeking the support of the people of Drogheda, wherever they live, on the basis of what he has achieved in the past ten years as a Councillor and twice as Mayor of Drogheda, work which he wants to continue.
“I’m running on my record, not on promises and we need very strong and experienced councillors to continue to fight for Drogheda in County Hall” he said.
“I have highlighted and tackled many of these issues where I saw that Drogheda had not received fair or equal treatment and the results speak for themselves”.
Cllr Callan said he was looking forward to meeting as many people as possible before voting day on May 24th to talk about issues that people want dealt with.
He said that inward investment, job creation and projects such as the Northern Cross Route and removing the M1 ramp tolls were all issues that were on his radar and which needed to be dealt with by experienced representatives.
“I campaigned and succeeded in getting St Laurence’s Gate closed to vehicle traffic, this took four attempts over six years but I would not give up and the public support and campaign was amazing.
“I fought for two years to have the residents' pay parking permit charge removed but again stuck at it until we were treated equally to Dundalk.
“Up to the budget this year we were paying 20cent more per hour for on street parking than Dundalk, I fought to have this equalised and now it has been.
“Local issues are very important to me and I will be working for everyone in the Drogheda and the greater Drogheda area from the Dublin Road to Tullyallen, Clogherhead to Baltray if I am re-elected.”
Cllr. Callan was first elected to Drogheda Borough Council in 2009 and was subsequently elected to Louth County Council in 2014. He contested the last General Election for Louth and East Meath and polled over 3,000 first preference votes, the highest ever polled by an independent candidate in the constituency since the foundation of the State. He left that race with over 8,000 votes when transfers were added.
Callan is a Barrister specialising in Industrial Relations and Employment Law, he is married to Ruth Clinton and has served in many different voluntary capacities with organisations such as Drogheda Women’s Refuge, Drogheda Youth Development, SOSAD, The Red Door Project, The Drogheda City Status Campaign, The Campaign Not to Re-name the Lourdes Hospital, Close the Gate Campaign, and is the current Chairperson of Drogheda’s Tidy Town Committee.
“My priority has always been and will always be the Drogheda area and its best interests being served” he said.