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Saturday, 21st March 2020

'The best in our citizens and our community is shining through' - Mayor

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Mayor of Drogheda, Councillor Paul Bell.

Bell thanks workers and volunteers for answering the call

Mayor of Drogheda Paul Bell has commended individual citizens, voluntary groups and the business community for answering the call of their town and district in response to the current unique and challenging circumstances.

“Firstly I am honestly moved and delighted that both individual citizens, voluntary organisations, members of the business community and workers have all responded to the needs of our most vulnerable citizens in our town and district” Mayor Bell said.

“Everything from child minding to allow health workers and essential staff to attend work, to shopping delivery to the homes of vulnerable and senior citizens and to the pharmacy dispatching and delivery of prescriptions to citizens to their home. The best in our citizens and our community is shining through.

“I am not going to single out any particular organisation or individual I just want to thank all of you for your dedication to duty and I also want to thank those who have responded to the HSE ‘Ireland On Call’ initiative.

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“This call is not just for medical professionals it’s also for all citizens who can offer their time and expertise to support our health service and defend our community and Country from the impact of COVID 19. Our citizens are responding with a clear understanding together we can beat this”, said the Mayor

Mayor Bell also expressed his thanks to workers in the retail and transport sectors. “I wish to acknowledge the effort of those workers committed to ensuring that food is available in our shops every day and that our transport workers are also committed to ensuring that the supply chain is maintained.

“This commitment has also been demonstrated by public transport workers and volunteers working hard to keep our workers and communities mobile. 

“I wish to acknowledge the role of local media, print media, digital media and our local radio station with journalists and staff acting with integrity and ensuring that the information we receive is accurate, relevant and balanced”.

Mayor Bell also offered his sympathy and empathy to those workers who have paid a heavy price in losing their jobs in particular in certain sectors of retail and hospitality.

“I am deeply saddened by this shock impact and wish to assure workers in this situation of my support to ensure that our Government and political system responds to them and their families adequately and effectively.

“I know that we can turn this situation around in a short period of time if we work together and follow the health experts’ recommendations and requests.”

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