Steven Egan, who is to contest the upcoming local elections as one of Fianna Fail’s candidates in Dundalk South says he wants a clean fight.
Mr Egan is calling on other politicians to respect the local Tidy Towns wishes and to keep their poster campaigns within boundaries.
“I have spoken with Blackrock Tidy Towns and have agreed not to hang any posters on the main street from Centra down to the entrance of the Ferns as well as any landscaped areas and at the entrances of the village.
“I will also be looking to do the same in Glenwood, Muirhevnamor and Bay Estate. I would call on other candidates to do the same and respect the tremendous work the Tidy Towns have done in Dundalk South.”
“I would kindly call on all candidates in the upcoming local and European elections to respect the wishes of the Tidy Towns Organizations within their respective areas concerning the boundaries set up by the Tidy Towns for the erection of posters in landscaped, scenic and entrance areas of the various estates, villages in the Dundalk South constituency.
“As the area rep for Dundalk South I think it’s very important to keep the area looking good during the campaign, also taking into account we will be the focus of the Global media during the Giro d’Italia on May 11th just two weeks before the elections take place.”
Experiences of crime at his home in Blackrock and at his coffee shop in Dundalk town centre are also a driving force behind Steven’s candidacy for Dundalk South in this May’s local elections.
Steven may be best known to many for his business, Panama Coffee, on the Market Square, but the Blackrock man is now looking to local politics to tackle the issue of crime.
“I’ve experienced it both here (in the coffee shop) and at my home in Blackrock. We’ve been broken into twice here at the Square and also at our home in Blackrock,” Stephen told the Democrat. “A burglar took our car keys one stormy night and left with the car. We lock the windows and doors now, but nobody wants to live in Fort Knox.”
Stephen, who has a family background in Fianna Fáil, moved back to Dundalk with his wife Anna, and two children; Stefania and Patrick, having lived in Luxembourg and Panama for the past two decades. Stephen’s experiences living abroad have helped shaped how he sees the Ireland he has returned to.
“Living in Luxembourg, the idea of being burglarised just doesn’t come into your head. It’s very rare there.”