Sinn Fein Councillor Jennifer Green has been elected chairman of Dundalk Town Council

She was unamimously elected chairperson at the council’s annual general meeting and said she felt honoured to be the first female Sinn Fein chair elected to Dundalk Town Council

She was unamimously elected chairperson at the council’s annual general meeting and said she felt honoured to be the first female Sinn Fein chair elected to Dundalk Town Council

The thirty-year-old, who lives with her partner and two sons, Caelum aged 8 and Michael, 13 months, at Mulholland Avenue Dundalk, is one of the new young politicians emerging in the Sinn Fein party.

Cllr Green went to Dun Lughaidh Secondary School and following that obtained a BA Hons in Cultural Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

“I’d like to thank Sinn Fein for giving me this opportunity,” Cllr Green said, “and also my family for their constant support.

“Though I am a Sinn Fein representative, I would like to state that I am happy to continue and maintain the strong working relationship that exists between all the members of Dundalk Town Council, the officials and staff here in the Town Hall.

“Though the position of chair presents great opportunities, given the economic climate it is also an extremely challenging time.

“At this moment in time there are nearly 7,000 people from Dundalk who are out of work. It is sad too, that many families in this town now have sons and daughters who have had to leave their country in search of work.

“Dundalk too has suffered because of the existence of the border. It seems ridiculous that a country with a population of just over six million has two systems of government, two economies, and two currencies.

“In particular two currencies really affect a border town like Dundalk and impedes commerce and trade.

“I along with my colleagues in Dundalk Town Council, Louth County Council, and Newry and Mourne District Council see the provision and implementation of the Narrow Water Bridge as a matter of urgency.

“It is through projects like this that we can all help to build towards Irish Unity by increasing local, regional and cross-border coordination and integration of work in development planning and service provision. It is an honour to be a member of Dundalk Town Council, yet to be elected chair is truly humbling.”

She also expressed her thanks to Cllr Marianne Butler on the excellent job she did as chair over the past year.

“And I have to say that I’m in the same boat as Marianne as I would prefer not to be called Madam or chairperson,” she said, “Cathaoirleach will do fine”.

All councillors paid warm tributes to outgoing chairman Marianne Butler for the dignity and senerity she brought to the position.

The County Manager Conn Murray thanked Cllr Butler for being an exceptional leader of the town who also proved to be an excellent ambassador for both the town and the county who had always been courtious.