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Saturday, 6th May 2017

Cassidy resigns from Council, seat to be taken by David Saurin

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Pictured at last weekend’s SF convention are (from left) Alan Cassidy, David Saurin, Deputy Imelda Munster and Councillor Kenneth Flood.

Tullyallen based Sinn Féin member of Louth County Council, Alan Cassidy, has announced his resignation from Louth County Council and his seat is to be taken by fellow Tullyallen man, David Saurin. The decision was made at a convention held over a week ago in the Westcourt Hotel but only released to the media last night.

This brings to two the number of Sinn Féin councillors who have not been elected by public vote – Joanna Byrne was also co-opted on to the council following Imelda Munster’s election to the Dail at the 2016 general election.

Cassidy, who was elected to Louth County Council in 2014, is citing family reasons for his departure. He has a young family and says he is not in a position to give the role of County Councillor the time that it demands.

“I believe it is in the best interests of those who elected me as a Sinn Fein representative that I step aside and make way for someone who can give the role the time it deserves” he said.

“This has not been an easy decision, however, I feel this is the correct course of action. Being elected to Louth County Council has been the greatest honour and privilege ever bestowed upon me and for that I will always be eternally grateful and humbled. I would like to thank all of my family for their support.

Cassidy also paid tribute to his fellow Drogheda elected representatives; “I would like to thank Kenneth Flood and Joanna Byrne both for their friendship and advice. Also I would like to thank Deputy Imelda Munster for all her time, advice and help she has given me.

“Finally I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of the people of the South Louth /Drogheda constituency.”

Proposing Saurin as his replacement, Cassidy said “I have known David Saurin most of my life. He is both a friend and a comrade. David was instrumental in getting me elected in 2014 and he commands huge respect across the whole community regardless of people’s political affiliations. David’s family has a proud history of Republicanism stretching back over 100 years.

“I have no doubt he will fight tooth and nail for the people of South Louth. When I joined the party it was David who took me under his wing as it were; and the lessons he taught me will remain with me always. David will strengthen further an already strong team of councillors”.

David Saurin was unanimously selected on the night. He is currently Cathaorleach of the Colonel Leonard Cumann having previously chaired the  Bobby Sands Cumann, as well as serving on the Louth Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantar in a number of different roles.

Accepting the nomination, Saurin said: “I can remember a time in this town when we (SF) had no elected representatives.  Mathew Coogan and I used to hold clinic at the old offices on Rope walk. It is a testament to the people of Louth how far we have come.

“We are now the largest party in the council with ten Councillors and we have two TDs. Deputy Munster not only being the first Sinn Fein T.D for this end of the county, but also the first female TD for Louth and East Meath. We will continue to work for a United Ireland and copper fasten the good will of citizens who have seen the work of Sinn Féin representatives across the entire country.”

David Saurin is expected to formally take his seat at the next full meeting of Louth County Council.

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