Saurin to replace Cassidy in council
Local Sinn Fein councillor Alan Cassidy has stepped down from his role with Louth County Council, having been elected in 2014.
Cassidy who has a young family said "I have come to the conclusion that I am not in a position to give my work as a County Councillor the time that it demands.
'I believe it is in the best interests of those who elected me as a Sinn Fein representative that I step aside and make way for someone who can give the role the time it deserves. This has not been an easy decision, however,I feel this is the correct course of action.
'Being elected to Louth County Council has been the greatest honour and privilege ever bestowed upon me and for that I will always be eternally grateful and humbled. I would like to thank all of my family for their support.'
He has also paid tribute to his fellow elected representatives, Kenneth Flood and Joanna Byrne for their friendship and advice and
Deputy Imelda Munster 'for all her time, advice and help she has given me.'
HE also announced that David Saurin, also from Tullyallen will be replacing him. This was decided at a convention at the Westcourt Hotel in Drogheda.
Speaking at the convention, Cassidy, who proposed Saurin said "I have known David Saurin most of my life. He is both a friend and a comrade. David was instrumental in getting me elected in 2014 and he commands huge respect across the whole community regardless of peoples political affiliations . David's family has a proud history of Republicanism stretching back over 100 years.
'I have no doubt he will fight tooth and nail for the people of South Louth. When I joined the party it was David who took me under his wing as it were; and the lessons he taught me will remain with me always. David will strengthen further an already strong team of councillors".
David Saurin was unanimously selected on the night. He is currently cathaorleach of the Colonel Leonard Cumann having previously chaired the Bobby Sands Cumann, as well as serving on the Louth Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantar in a number of different roles.
"I can remember a time in this town when we had no elected representatives. Matthew Coogan and I used to hold clinics at the old offices on Rope walk. It is a testament to the people of Louth how far we have come. We are now the largest party in the council with ten Councillors and we have two TDs. Deputy Munster not only being the first Sinn Fein T.D for this end of the county, but also the first female TD for Louth and East Meath.
'We will continue to work for a United Ireland and copper fasten the good will of citizens who have seen the work of Sinn Féin representatives across the entire country,' he stated.
Ending the meeting, David Saurin thanked delegates for their support and is expected to formally take his seat at the next full meeting of Louth County Council.