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Tuesday, 15th January 2019

Renua select disability campaigner for Drogheda vote

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The Renua Team for Drogheda - Maria Mc Cabe Drogheda Urban, Michael O Dowd European Election Canidate and Eamon Sweeney  Drogheda Rural. Photo: Jimmy Weldon.

"It’s time for fresh thinking and new faces on the Council” - Maria McCabe.

Renua Ireland has selected disability campaigner Maria McCabe as their candidate for the Drogheda Urban area in the upcoming local elections.

Maria has been an advocate for people with disabilities and for young people in the recent past. She was part of an RTE programme which looked at job opportunities

‘Its time for fresh thinking and new faces on the Council” she said. “I have spent my entire life overcoming obstacles and campaigning on issues and will not back away from a challenge.

“However we all need to work together for the good of the town. There has been too much bickering on the Council and the town is losing out as a result.

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“I am really looking forward to the campaign and adding a new voice to the debate about Drogheda.”

In November 2017 Maria picketed Drogheda Garda station to draw attention to the fact that inconsiderate drivers were parking on footpaths near her home at the Twenties thus blocking the way for her and people with push chairs and prams.

“I really do think that people don’t care about the disabled” she said at the time. “They park on the footpath because they don’t want to pay for the car park. To save themselves a few bob they are putting my life at risk.”

Three days later Garda Superintendent called to Maria’s home to discuss the issue and promised that “Any cars parked on the footpath that are blocking wheelchairs, prams or pedestrians will be towed.” (See previous story). 

Local Sandpit man Eamon Sweeney has also been selected to contest the 2019 local elections for Renua Ireland. The former LMFM presenter is Renua Ireland's spokesperson on agriculture and he will be running in the Drogheda East Rural area.

As a Peace Commissioner, and having lived all his life in the Drogheda rural, area Eamon believes that he has a good understanding of the issues that are important there.

Finishing off the Renua Drogheda team is former Mayor Michael O'Dowd who will be the party’s candidate for Europe.

Wheelchair campaigner Maria McCabe outlines the problems caused for wheelchair users by people parking on footpaths to Superintendent Andrew Watters in 2017. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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