Maeve meets Shane and Lucinda, but keeps mum

Cllr Maeve Yore arriving for her first council meeting
Independent county councillor Maeve Yore has been approached by independent TD Shane Ross and also independent deputy Lucinda Creighton about joining their new political parties.

Independent county councillor Maeve Yore has been approached by independent TD Shane Ross and also independent deputy Lucinda Creighton about joining their new political parties.

However Cllr Yore is not making any commitments.

“I’m committing to nothing,” Cllr Yore said. “I want to learn more and work on the issues I was elected to the council for.

“There is a lot of talk about the Dail, but very often people there are driven by their ego, rather than working for the people.”

Cllr Yore, who stormed home in the Dundalk-South area in the May local elections, was first visited by Shane Ross who called to Dundalk this week to get her views.

Mr Ross, who has formed a new alliance with the independent for Roscommon South-Leitrim Michael Fitzmaurice.deputies, was the first to visit Cllr Yore in Dundalk. A few days later, Lucinda Creighton who resigned from Fine Gael to form a new party, also travelled to Dundalk to meet the local independent councillor.

Ms Creighton claims 2,000 people have contacted her since her new party was announced and they want to join up.

The party is expected to be officially launched at Easter. Cllr Yore made it clear that she does not approve of allowances and travelling expenses for politicians, and the response she got was mixed. But she is sticking by her ideals. She was told that the Ross-Fitzmaurice alliance would still allow members to express their individual concerns.

When Cllr Yore stood for the local elections, she said it was because she was fed up with the major political parties and their inability to get anything done about the real issues affecting people.

She wants to see more money spent on community services and community groups and less on bureaucracy.

Another point she has made is that TD’s, councillors are paid too much and they don’t care about young people until there’s an election coming up.

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