Fine Gael councillor Finnan McCoy is one of the longest serving members of Louth County Council and Ardee Town Council, and he is hoping to continue that run after 23 May when the local elections take place.
Cllr McCoy has served on Ardee Town Council alone for 34 years.
He has seen many changes in Ardee in that time.
The closure of local industry and then, after the glory years of the Celtic Tiger, the difficulties faced by local traders.
“There is no doubt that the pay-parking issue was a real problem as far as local business was concerned,” Cllr McCoy said.
“I campaigned vigorously for its removal, which happened last month, and I believe this is already proving to be a good move for the town.
“We have not seen the chaos that was predicted and I don’t believe we will.
“The economy is starting to pick up.
“Other political parties don’t want to acknowledge this and would prefer to dwell on issues concerning ministers, but the ordinary people, the people I’m meeting on the doorstep, are not really interested in this.
“They are more concerned about jobs and the cost of living.
“I believe that if we can help keep local jobs we can continue to improve things.
“We have to believe in this and we all have to work together to concentrate on local employment.
“That’s my message.”