Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay South, Jim O'Callaghan.
Revitalising Fianna Fáil in Louth and East Meath with a view to regaining the seat lost by Declan Breathnach at the last general election was the main topic of conversation at a Zoom meeting of the Louth and East Meath constituency organisation last night.
The meeting was addressed by the TD for Dublin Bay South, Deputy Jim O'Callaghan, and the constituency's new Oireachtas member, Senator Erin McGreehan also took part.
O'Callaghan said it was vitally important for the constituency to regain the seat it lost at the general election in 2020 and set out his plans for doing that.
He pointed out that Fianna Fáil is a political movement which seeks to bring about Irish unity and provide a strong, centre-left home for voters who wanted sensible economic policies and social justice.
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These issues, he said, were as pressing for voters today as they were when FF was founded. By tackling them, the party could regain the support lost over the past decade.
O'Callaghan said it was vital that, as a party, FF promoted policies supporting business and enterprise, as a thriving economy provided the jobs, wages and revenue needed to fund initiatives in healthcare and housing and provide a safety net for the vulnerable in our society.
He pointed out that the lives and careers of young people, in particular, had been blighted by the pandemic and said that they needed more support to stay in education and find work. He hoped that the country could return to level 2 or 3 restrictions before Christmas and, with the aid of the vaccines announced during the last week, begin to return to normality in 2021.
Noting the dangers posed by Brexit to a border constituency like Louth and East Meath, O'Callaghan praised the setting up of an all-island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach, and said that with a border poll being likely within the next ten years, proper planning needed to begin now to chart the implications of Irish unity at a constitutional, economic and social level.
The chair of the meeting, Garret O'Brien, said that "Deputy O'Callaghan has a great commitment to our constituency, having been here before in 2018 and earlier this year.
“We had members from the length and breadth of the constituency to hear him and we were hugely impressed with his plans to re-energise the organisation locally and nationally. We now look forward to putting them into practice and re-taking at least one FF seat in Louth and East Meath at the next general election.”
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