Town freedom night for Seamus Mallon
The Mayor and the Members of the Borough District of Drogheda will host a ceremony to confer The Freedom of The Borough of Drogheda on Seamus Mallon in Highlanes Gallery, St Laurence Street, Drogheda on Friday next.
Mayor Pio Smith has promoted the proposal, stating, ' I believe that he is a patriot in the true sense of the word and has worked to unite Protestant, Catholic and dissenter like a true Republican.
'Mallon was a straight talker and his goal in politics and life was to progress society in a manner that benefited all. Having a go at other political parties or communities for the sake of it was not his style, instead he tackled issues like inequality, Irish unity, lack of housing, unemployment and he did this for both Catholic and Protestant.'
'All people who live on the island of Ireland owe Seamus Mallon a deep gratitude for the significant role he played for engendering hope in a time of despair and in helping to create new and better inter communal relationships on this island.'
Mr Mallon, who will be 82 on August 17, was the first deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001. He was also the Deputy Leader of the SDLP from 1979 to 2001.
From Markethill, he played GAA for Armagh.