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#LouthLive – Monday January 20 2020, as it happened

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Morning everyone. Barry Landy here with the #LouthLive blog, the first since our launch of LouthNow.ie this morning. I’m currently at County Hall in Dundalk for the Louth County Council January meeting. We’ll have updates from that throughout the day right here. So be sure to keep a tab open and refresh for updates.

We’ll also bring you news and sport from around the county, as it happens.

While it’s quiet, I’d like to say a big thank you to all who have offered kind words this morning regarding our launch. Obviously. thanks too to everyone who has followed us on social media or shared our launch amongst friends. You guys are great.

Cathaoirleach Liam Reilly doesn’t hang around. He’s moving fast through the day’s agenda at the county council meeting – lots discussed including Tallanstown boil water notice, new Drogheda United stadium, the Park-and-Ride scheme, Narrow Water Bridge and more. Read about it on LouthNow.ie later. Any questions? Tweet us @LouthNow or email [email protected]

Council Chamber
Here’s what the council chamber looks like when there’s an almost full house in on a morning. Photo: Barry Landy/LouthNow.ie.

After the meeting, we caught up with Sinn Féin Ruairí Ó Murchú about a couple of his motions tabled at the meeting – rental prices across county Louth and a request to Louth County Council to write to the government to stop holding commemorations for British crown forces in light of this month’s controversy.

We’ll have more from Ruairí Ó Murchú late plus shortly his party colleague Joanna Byrne comments on Drogheda United’s failure to secure funding for a new stadium. Keep it on LouthNow.ie.

In election news, Ged Nash is on the ball…..


The latest from the Louth County Council meeting today. Drogs fan Cllr Joanna Byrne queried what is next for the Drogheda United stadium and Municipal pitches. Much more to come, so keep it here throughout the day.

They’re all it it now. The General Election is in full swing. As if you didn’t already know. Did you have campaigners canvassing at your door this weekend? Do you like it? Would it endear a politician to you? Anyone make an impression on you after they knocked at home? Let us know? Email [email protected] and we’ll share the best comments here.

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In media news, we’re not the only one making waves recently. Our Editor-In-Chief Barry Landy is joined by former Dundalk Democrat Sport Editor and ex-Dundalk Sport man Gavin McLaughlin among the movers and shakers in Irish media circles this week.

Interesting news coming from the High Court this morning. The family of Garda Tony Golden who was fatally shot while on duty in 2015 are in mediation talks about State compensation. Read more at TheJournal.ie.

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Thanks for sticking with us in the #LouthLive blog today. More news coming from the High Court today, via Courts News Ireland.

Barry is not long off the phone with Drogheda United chairman Conor Hoey who chatting to him about the situation regarding the lack of funding for the new stadium, the season ahead and the new Vincent Hoey Memorial match, the first edition of which will be played against Bohemians on Tuesday, January 28 at United Park. More to come from that chat on LouthNow.ie shortly – plus more news from today’s Louth County Council meeting.

Here’s the latest article on LouthNow.ie – our conversation this afternoon with Drogheda United chairman Conor Hoey. He says Drogheda, as a town, needs a municipal stadium with community facilities and says the project is about much more than Drogheda United itself.

Here is the first edition of The Lowdown, in association with McGoey’s Pharmacy – Ardee, Dunleer and Drumconrath. A quick recap of what happened today across Louth for you in a digestible format – perfect for the commute.

The first #LouthLive blog is done for the day. Thanks to everyone who read it. We’ll be back tomorrow with more so keep it with LouthNow.ie.

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