The Drogheda City Status Group (DCSG) has added their voice to the welcome being extended to the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Ireland’s largest town for Fleadh Cheoil na h-Eireann this week.
“Even since last year’s Fleadh, we’ve seen the continued relentless growth of, and progress in the greater Drogheda area and how our communities and their local councillors are working together to realise the full potential of one of the best locations in Ireland in which to live, work, play and stay,” said Anna McKenna, Chairperson of DCSG.
The last Census – taken in 2016 – confirmed how Drogheda and environs had matched the population of Waterford City, and it is believed that since then, the pace of population growth locally has meant that Drogheda has now overtaken Waterford as the fifth most populous urban centre in Ireland.
“For over a decade, DCSG has been campaigning on behalf of the people of the Greater Drogheda area who have been marginalised by successive Governments.
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“Without a doubt, Drogheda – despite its many attractions for business and communities – has been treated as Ireland’s “Cindrella City”, but slowly, change is emerging as more and more people in Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath have had enough of what can only be described as twenty-first century gerrymandering,” added Anna.
Among the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to attend this year’s Fleadh, the DCSG has extended a special invitation to An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar to meet with their representatives.
“An Taoiseach did not meet the Group on his brief visit to Drogheda on March 1st last, so the Group are anxious to meet him and impress on him the urgent need for senior Local Government resources to be appointed and located in Drogheda to commence planning for the City of Drogheda without delay.