Dundalk as it Happens
Joanna Byrne to replace Imelda Munster on Louth County Council
Sinn Féin last night voted to co-opt Joanna Byrne on to Louth County Council.
Joanna will replace recently elected TD Imelda Munster, who this week took up her Dáil seat to become the county’s first ever female TD. Joanna, who has been an active member of the party for several years, will now serve the party in the Drogheda area.
Joanna (30) is a retail manager but has resigned her position in order to pursue being a full-time councillor as her predecessor did in 2004. Joanna has been a member of the Bobby Sands Cumann in Drogheda for a number of years and was very active throughout the Local Government elections in 2014 and in Imelda Munster’s recent General Election campaign.
Speaking on Thursday night, the new councillor said “Deputy Munster was an exemplary Councillor and will be a hard act to follow but I believe with her guidance and advice and the support of my fellow nine councillors in Louth, I can carry on the good work that the party are doing here in the county.”
When asked if she had received any advice from Deputy Munster, Cllr Byrne said: “She told me to always remember that we are there to represent the people, leave no person behind, make sure everyone has the same rights as everyone else and we are all treated equally as it is written in the Proclamation and you won’t go far wrong.”
Meanwhile, party leader and local TD Gerry Adams’ bid to become the next Taoiseach failed yesterday when he received just 24 votes in favour of him securing the role. Similar attempts by Enda Kenny, Micheal Martin and Richard Boyd Barrett to be named Taoiseach also proved unsuccessful.
As a result, Enda Kenny tendered his resignation at Áras an Úachtarain yesterday evening, with the Dáil adjourned until March 22nd in the hope that a Government can be formed in the interim.