Women make up quarter of Council

Martin Bellew with a delighted Maeve Yore
Sinn Fein have concentrated for some time on the recruitment of women candidates and it seems to have worked.

Sinn Fein have concentrated for some time on the recruitment of women candidates and it seems to have worked.

In this election women topped the poll in two out of the four areas.

Elected to Ardee on the final count was Fine Gael’s Dolores Minogue and out of the seven seats in Dundalk-South, four went to women including Independent Maeve Yore, Sinn Fein’s Jennifer Green, Fine Gael’s Maria Doyle and Green Party’s Marianne Butler.

Imelda Munster nearly had double the quota when she stormed home when the first count in Drogheda was declared on Saturday night.

And just a few minutes later, Edel Corrigan topped the poll in Dundalk-Carlingford.

Edel Corrigan, who topped the poll in Dundalk-Carlingford, has been “overwhelmed” by the support she has received and doesn’t rule out a general election run.

“I’m shocked, stunned and overwhelmed by the support that I received,” said Edel.

“It is an amazing result. I’ve had an amazing team around me. From party members, friends and family members. They have been wonderful over the past number of years.

“Harry Todd in this area has been a hard worker and made strong representations of the people and has left a legacy.

“If I can do half the job that former councillors in the area, I would be very happy.

“We have always put alternatives out there. But the other parties do no listen to us. We say no when we feel the proposals don’t suit the people that we represent. Our core standing is on equality.”

Corrigan also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of running in the next general election.

“I am not saying that I would stay away from it or that I could be going for it.

“It would be the party membership that decides how many candidates and whom those candidates are. It is a team decision.”

Sinn Fein’s Jennifer Green has been an active member of Dundalk Town Council and was a former chair in 2012/2013.

She was elected in the tenth count of Dundalk-South with 1350 votes, 992 of which were first preference.

Jennifer was very happy with the results.

“I am speechless that so many people put their faith in me to do the job,” she said.

At first it looked like Fine Gael’s Dolores Minogue might be knocked out but the mother of five moved steadily up the polls on the second day of the election count and was elected on the final count with 1355 votes.

Dolores has said beofre that Fine Gael have been strong on encouraging women into politics as they “bring something different to the table.”

Another very successful woman was of course, Maeve Yore, the independent in Dundalk-South.

“I’m fed up trying to change things from the outside,” said Maeve. “I’m fearful for the future for my children, and for people who are afraid to walk the streets of this town.”

Seven years ago, Maeve sat in the county council chamber and addressed councillors on the necessity of providing therapy for children with special needs.

She was speaking on behalf of SNAP (Special Needs Active Parents) the group she helped establish. Help was promised, but it never materialised. It is this kind of frustration that made her decide to run.

Business studies graduate and former bank official Marianne Butler has worked hard over the past five years after her election in 2009 so it was not surprisinging to see her re-elected.

CBS primary school teacher Marai Doyle has alos worked hard over the years after she was co-opted to the Dundalk Town Council following the appointment of Jim D’Arcy to the Seanad in 2011.

“I’m delighted to have passed the line,” said Fine Gael’s Maria Doyle having been elected on the final count in Dundalk-South.

“It has been hard work balancing my job, family and work. I took a few weeks unpaid leave off work to focus on the campaign.

“That is my commitment to it. I will be back to work soon and will be able to balance both.”

As a first time candidate before the electorate, she received 637 first preference votes.