Well known Sinn Féin member Kevin Meenan has returned to local politics after the former councillor was co-opted back onto Louth County Council this evening (Thursday, February 20).
He will replace Ruairí Ó Murchú, who left his role on Louth County Council and the Dundalk Muncipal District after two-and-a-half years last week following his election to Dáil Éireann.
Meenan was co-opted by local Sinn Féin members at a convention held in the Redeemer on Thursday evening. The convention was uncontested. Himself a former councillor of 18 years, he stepped away from politics on health grounds in the summer of 2017.
First elected as a representative in 1999, Meenan, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, sat on Dundalk Town Council after topping the polls in his first run for elected office. He is a former chairman and vice chair of Dundalk Town Council.
During the General Election, he campaigned for his party mate Ó Murchú who handsomely took the second seat in the Louth constituency.
He was first elected to Louth County Council as a representative for Dundalk South in 2004, topping the polls with 1,592 votes. He did not run in 2009 but returned again in 2014 and took his seat once again, one of five Sinn Féin representatives elected in the Dundalk area.
During this time, Meenan remained on the Dundalk Town Council all the way to it’s end in 2014 where he was one of the councillors who participated in it’s last ever meeting on May 20 2014.