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Monday, 29th June 2020

Local FF welcomes “historic change” as Micheál Martin elected Taoiseach

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Anthony Moore with party leader and Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

The chairman of Drogheda's Halpin Leech Whelan cumann of Fianna Fail, Anthony Moore, has welcomed the election of the party’s leader Micheál Martin as Taoiseach calling it an "historic day" marking the end of civil war politics and the beginning of a dynamic new political dispensation for Ireland. 

Speaking to Drogheda Life, Moore said "Election 2020 was all about change, and there's no greater change than seeing the political heirs of Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins working in partnership with the Green Party to forge a new path for Ireland over the next five years."  

According to Moore, the new government will be good for Drogheda. He said "I've met in recent times with Micheál Martin and our new Minister for Housing and Local Government, Darragh O'Brien TD, to press the case for projects like the Port Access Northern Cross Route, the need for more affordable housing, and city status for Drogheda.

“As a result of this, our new government is well aware not only of Drogheda's needs, but also its great potential. I've no doubt now that over the next five years, Drogheda will reap the benefits of progressive new policies focused on economic recovery, an end to the housing crisis, and increased investment in schools, hospitals and our tourist industry." 

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Meanwhile, Venetia Taylor, secretary of the Louth and East Meath Comhairle Dáil Ceantair, has welcomed the number of women holding significant portfolios in cabinet. 

"Micheál Martin has promoted women to heavy-hitting ministries like the Department of Education and the Department of Justice, which is a great step forward for equality” she said.

“In particular, it's really fantastic that Norma Foley, a newly elected TD, has been entrusted with the education ministry. I wish her all the best and look forward to working with her and all of her government colleagues on behalf of Louth and East Meath in the years ahead. 

Newly appointed Senator Erin McGreehan with Micheál Martin. 

“I'm also delighted that the Taoiseach has nominated Cooley councillor Erin McGreehan to be a senator for our constituency. She'll do a fantastic job and we wish her all the best in her new role."

There was a warm welcome throughout the constituency for Senator McGreehan with congratulations  flooding in from her party colleagues on the county council, party members and supporters throughout the county.

“The costs of Covid 19 are deep and Brexit is a looming serious threat to us here particularly in Dundalk and North Louth" she said. "I will be fighting for this region every single day.”

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