Welcome to The Lowdown. This is LouthNow.ie’s afternoon bulletin, brought to you in association with McGoey’s Pharmacy. Every weekday afternoon, we will bring you what you need to know for the day ahead in a digestible, quick read so you can get on with your day.
Louth County Council are urging people who wish to vote in the upcoming general election to check their eligibility immediately so if they are not on the electoral register, that can be rectified by the closing date for applications which is Wednesday January 22 at 5pm. Voters should log on to checktheregister.ie and if they are not listed on the register to contact the local authority immediately. They’ll need to download a form, fill it out, get it stamped by a Garda and return to the local authority before the close of business on Wednesday. Get moving!
Read the full story here: Council urge potential voters to #CheckTheRegister as deadline looms
Louth County Council say that due to the ongoing governance issues at the Football Association of Ireland, and the subsequent block on any government funding they receive, the Drogheda United stadium project is at an impasse. However, speaking today, Joan Martin did say that the smaller municipal element of the plan – pitches available to the community positioned adjacent to the new stadium – may proceed with smaller funding the council has at it’s disposal.
Read the full story here: Conor Hoey: ‘Neglected Drogheda’ needs a municipal stadium
There were a couple of major locally relevant news stories coming out of the High Court today. First, Drogheda man Paul Crosby (24), who is charged with possession of a stolen motorbike and setting fire to a stolen car, will appear before the High Court at Cloverhill tomorrow for alleged breaches of his bail conditions.
And – The family of Garda Tony Golden who was fatally shot while on duty in Omeath in 2015 are in mediation talks about State compensation. Adrian Crevan Mackin shot Garda Golden five times when he responded to a domestic violence incident. Siobhan Phillips was shot four times, but survived.
The subject of the municipal stadium in Drogheda was on a lot of people’s minds today. Cllr Byrne, speaking at the Louth County Council meeting in Dundalk, described the funding snub last week as “a devastating blow for our town, not just for Drogheda Utd but for the wider sporting community in its entirety. She told the meeting that it was time for a “call to arms”, urging all local representatives to push for a positive resolution.
Read the full story here: Byrne in ‘call to arms’ for solution to Drogheda stadium funding shortfall
And finally, thank you to everyone for your kind words today regarding our launch. We are proud to provide this service for the entire county and hope to do you, it’s residents and diaspora, proud with our coverage and reporting. Doing local journalism better is our aim and we will do so in an innovative and fresh way.
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