Sinn Féin excluded, says Cllr McGeough
Published 18/06/2014 | 05:28
COUNCILLORS in mid-Louth failed to answer the call of the people and give Sinn Fein a bigger role in running the the Ardee Municipal District, according to poll-topper Pearse McGeough.
Stunningly, McGeough and running mate Tom Cunningham from Clogherhead secured about 25 per cent of the total first-preference vote between them, more than 2,600 votes.
But they failed to make any inroads at last week's agm, where they didn't contest the cathaoirleach's role and were beaten for leas cathaoirleach.
Cllr McGeough couldn't hide his feelings when speaking to the Mid-Louth Independent afterwards.
'I am extremely disappointed. I was of the opinion that this was a new beginning and we wouldn't be having back room deals. This is not in the interest of the municipal authority, but members of the council,' he stated.
'The people spoke and some councillors decided to circumvent the people's mandate from Sinn Fein. It's not a good start.'
He said the party were in the business of working for all sectors.
'People will be surprised. Even last week we were being asked why is Sinn Fein being excluded. We are about inclusion and this is not the way forward.'