Councillor Stephen McKee (centre) with Chris Byrne and Anna McKenna at yesterday's East Meath Municipal District meeting.
Councillors in the East Meath Municipal District have unanimously voted to initiate formal meetings with their counterparts and officials in the Borough District of Drogheda and also to endorse the Drogheda City Status campaign.
The vote took place at the Municipal District monthly meeting yesterday morning on foot of a motion from Councillor Stephen McKee which gives as its reasoning: ‘to promote and enhance co-operation and jointly develop a sustainable plan to progress the South Drogheda/East Meath area as per recommendations of the recent Drogheda Boundary Review Report.’
Councillor McKee, who grew up in Stameen on the Dublin Road in Drogheda and now lives in Duleek, told Drogheda Life that he is actively campaigning for Drogheda to be declared a City and help ensure it receives the investment for job creation and services it needs to reach its full potential.
“This would benefit all residents both sides of the County boundary in South Drogheda and across East Meath” he said.
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“I am pleased that my motion calling for greater co-operation and a proper joined-up plan to be put in place for the whole area has been adopted by my fellow Councillors in Meath.
“I am now calling on Louth Councillors to adopt a similar approach so that we can all get on with the serious business of helping make Drogheda a better place to live and raise a family.
“Drogheda has huge potential and we should all be working together to address the issues that are holding it back and to promote local job creation, infrastructure and services for the benefit of all local residents.
“I fully support the campaign for achieving city status for Drogheda because a more successful Drogheda will mean a more successful East Meath area.”
A spokesperson for the Drogheda City Status Group (DCSG) who had three members, Anna McKenna, Chris Byrne and Annie McGinley, at yesterday’s meeting. said they were delighted to receive the unanimous endorsement of East Meath Municipal Council.
DCSG Secretary Anna McKenna said that it was an historic vote. “Every one of the (East Meath) Councillors backed us and congratulated the Drogheda City Status Group for the work we have put in over the years.
“Each of the councillors spoke about how wonderful it would be if the Councillors worked together and they said they would write to the Drogheda Councillors to see if they could find a way to work together.
“I think that if the two groups of councillors can work together it will help the administrators of the two Councils to do likewise.
“This is important because, when we went to Europe we were told that we needed the support of the local councillors and we have that now because every one of the Drogheda Councillors as signed a petition backing City Status for Drogheda.
“This has nothing to do with changing the county boundaries, Meath and Louth Councils will stay the same but the two groups of local Councillors will begin working together so that projects such as the footpath at Deepforde where for years Louth wouldn’t do it and Meath wouldn’t do it either, shouldn’t happen in future.”
“Instead the local councillors will hopefully work together on such projects and it will be much more efficient and better for the people.”