The Mayor of Drogheda, Councilor Frank Godfrey, speaking at the opening of the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil.
“We must stand up for Drogheda and move it sustainably into the future,” says Mayor Frank Godfrey as part of his campaigning for re-election to the District Borough of Drogheda.
The veteran of local politics, who once won three seats in three differnet wards of the old Drogheda Corporation, is hedging his bets again in the the upcoming election by standing in both the Urban and Rural electoral areas. He says that amongst his priorities are:
“Drogheda is suffering because we don’t have a dedicated council here in the town. We are just part of Louth County Council and decisions about our town are made in Dundalk. This is having serious effects on the town. We need to take our power back!’ stated Mayor Godfrey, who is also working hard with the City Status group to further Drogheda’s cause.
“Traffic can be very bad in Drogheda, with heavy goods vehicles using roads and streets through the town, which could be solved with the creation of the planned Northern Cross Route. This must go ahead without delay!
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“The national housing crisis can be seen quite clearly here in Drogheda, with many families on the waiting list for years. The Council must begin building its own Local Authority homes on the land it already owns.
“West Street is in dire need of modernisation and a revamp. We need action on the West Gate Vision! Work must start on it immediately before this part of our town dies.
“With Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann back in Drogheda in August, we need the town looking its very best to the 600,000 or so visitors. This must be done ahead of the Fleadh to encourage everybody to pitch in and make this year one to remember.”