Welcome to The Briefing. This is LouthNow.ie’s morning bulletin, brought to you in association with Ardee Credit Union. Every weekday morning, 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.
1 / Minister Charlie Flanagan must be thrilled an election was called because before the Taoiseach made the announcement last Tuesday, Flanagan was the name on everyone’s lips and not for good reason.
His decision to host a commemoration of the RIC and DMP (Dublin Metropolitan Police) on January 17 was met with widespread disapproval, so much so it was cancelled within days. General Election candidate and Sinn Fein councillor Ruairi O Murchu hasn’t stopped banging the drum though. He tabled at a motion at the Louth County Council meeting this month calling on the local authority to oppose any such events.
He didn’t stop there, telling LouthNow.ie, he was calling on “officials and representative of Louth County Council to refuse any invites to such events in the future. It won’t be in any way acceptable.
2 / Some more from Garda Chief Superintendent for Louth Christy Mangan’s appearance on The Michael Reade Show on LMFM this week. He spoke about the challenges of balancing efforts to suppress and eliminate the gang feud in Drogheda with everyday policing in the county. He also discussed this Saturday’s ‘Drogheda Against Violence’ event.
“I would encourage everybody and I mean everybody in Drogheda to come in and show the people of Ireland we’re standing up for our time. Through fear, comes courage. We have to have courage. I have no doubt we will. It will be a well planned meeting where people come in and express their opinion. We will make sure they are safe.”
3 / Gardai in Dundalk a search of a property in the Bay Estate area yesterday – where they found €5.600 worth of cocaine. The officers, attached to the Dundalk District Drugs Unit, carried out the search which also found a small quantity of cannabis herb, scales and other assoociated paraphernalia.
A man is his 20s was arrested and is currently being detained at Dundalk Garda Station.
4 / And there’s a weekend of song coming up in Drogheda. Leading Irish opera singer Tara Erraught takes up the mantle as guest Artistic Director of Drogheda Classical Music for the upcoming Celebrate the Voice event.
Taking place between Friday Jan 31 and Sunday Feb 2, the event will include masterclasses, talks, concerts and even a bespoke yoga workshop in St Peter’s Church of Ireland. Tara will perform with leading lights from across the region including Ardee’s James McCreanor and Drogheda’s Amie Dyer.
Tickets are available now from Droichead.com.