O’Dowd to campaign on local issues in EU elections
European election candidate Michael O’Dowd has stated that he will take his marching orders from the people in Louth and won’t be an apologist for the EU Commission.
He was speaking after it was confirmed that the Drogheda-based Renua representative will be one of 17 candidates contesting the EU election for the Midlands-North West Constituency next month.
Speaking ahead of the election, the former Louth County Councillor said: “There are particular issues affecting County Louth not least the fact that we have the two largest towns in the country and have experienced a major and consistent expansion of our population in recent years.
“I know Dundalk very well and have worked here for the past 20 years in the area of economic development dealing directly with manufacturing companies.
“Brexit will be a threat and an opportunity and we need to prepare for both. On one hand the infrastructure needs to be put in place to allow for potential rapid economic advancement while on the other resources need to be put into urban areas that need it. Louth is in the top 13 of the most disadvantaged local authorities in the country. There are a number of small areas around the towns of Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee that are classified as being ‘very disadvantaged’.
“In particular I will fully support the campaign for a Border Referendum. While it is difficult to find any positives from Brexit the spotlight it has put on Northern Irelad is perhaps one.
“Other issues that I will campaign on are restriction of Freedom of Movement laws within the EU to protect Irish residents from criminal elemets and a full review of our ‘ broken’ asylum system,” said O’Dowd.