McGahon calls for greater road safety measures at Scoil Phadraig Naofa – Kilcurry.

Fine Gael Councillor for Dundalk – Carlingford, John McGahon, has today (Tuesday) called on Louth County Council to place protective railings and bollards outside Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Kilcurry. Councillor McGahon placed down a motion on the matter at a recent meeting of the Dundalk Municipal Committee.

“For a number of years, the issue of road safety has always been a prevalent one outside Scoil Phadraig Naofa. The school have already done a tremendous amount of work in trying to reduce the risk of an accident happening on the R177. Only last year the school were awarded their fourth green flag for their transport policy”.

”Road safety outside urban and rural schools is a very important issue and its one which I intend to campaign on throughout my five year term as a local councillor for Dundalk and North Louth.  Council officials have told me that the situation at the school will be examined and a report prepared as to what the next steps will be”.

” I am calling on the council officials to produce this report as a matter of great urgency. We cannot run the risk of an accident happening. This is a protective measure that will greatly enhance the security and safety of the 220 pupils of Scoil Phadraig Naofa”.

Sinn Fein’s proposal of 15% Property Tax Reduction was a reckless political move. -MCGAHON


Fine Gael Councillor for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has tonight (Monday) spoken out about Louth County Council’s decision to reduce the property tax by 1.5%.

“I had hoped to see a more significant cut in the region of 2-5%. Fine Gael tabled a motion to reduce the property tax by 2%, however this was defeated.I took this vote very seriously and I was disappointed to see other Councillors did not do the same. Sinn Fein proposed a full reduction of 15%, to my mind this was a financially reckless proposal which would have taken €1.4 million out of the council budget.”

“I find it very disheartening that people were prepared to push the council off a financial cliff. It’s simple maths, if you are going to take €1.4 million out of a budget, you have to find the savings to make up the shortfall. Sinn Fein’s reckless approach involved voting for 15% and not considering the financial consequences.

“It is important to note that, out of ten Sinn Fein Councilors, not one of them turned up to the budget workshop meeting where a detailed analysis of the accounts was carried out, line by line, and Councillors sought to see where a reduction could be made.

“This budget goes towards providing basic services like street lighting, maintenance of public parks, maintenance of roads, library services, Tidy Towns. Had 15% gone through, all of these services would have been drastically slashed and the people of Louth would have suffered. 1.5% may not seem substantial, but its €150,000 euro, it will be a base from which we can work towards reducing the property tax more over the next five years. But let me make myself clear, a 15% cut would have sent the council into financial chaos, I am proud that I voted to stop that happening”.

John McGahon speech to the 77th Fine Gael Ard Fheis.



I am John McGahon. I am 23 and  I am running for Fine Gael in the Dundalk-Carlingford electoral area this May.

I am very confident in the future of my country, because I am confident in the ability of the young people in Ireland, like the young tech entrepreneur starting a company on his laptop, or the young farmer staring out with a few hectares of land ambitious to grow their holding.

Youth unemployment in Ireland has fallen from 33% to 25%. This is the right direction,but yet remains too high. It is imperative that, we as Fine Gael members, at this very Ard Fheis,  recognise the dangerously high level of youth unemployment. That we call on the Government to prioritise young people right across Ireland for training places, apprenticeships and continued education.

Ireland is above the european average for Youth Unemployment. It is a serious issue, one which Minister Finance, Michael Noonan alluded to, when he said ‘unemployment, put the wind beneath the wings of every extremist in Europe’. We need to take heed now, we need active and engaged young people in our workforce, we need to pass this motion.

Action Plan for Jobs 2014-MCGAHON

Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed supports for young people in Action Plan for Jobs 2014

Fine Gael Local Election Candidate Philip O’Callaghan has welcomed the publication today of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, and the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, saying the focus on supporting young people is encouraging.

“Young people in business are a big focus in this Plan,” he said. “Earlier this month Minister Richard Bruton announced that new schemes are being introduced to support unemployed young people, including a new Entrepreneurship Fund aimed at start-ups by under 25’s and a Graduate Recruitment Programme. The Action Plan for Jobs 2014 further expands on such initiatives.”

There are a number of such positive incentives in the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 including:

• An entrepreneurship internship programme whereby a young person can shadow an entrepreneur

• A competitive Youth/Graduate Entrepreneurship Fund to complement the LEOs/

• An enhanced Student Enterprise Award Initiative targeting a greater number of students 

• An Entrepreneurial PhD Programme with a view to training more scientists in SFI 

• Facilitating links between the local youth work sector and the LEOs/Microfinance Ireland to 

• A new call under the Graduate for International Growth Programme

• Roll out for 2014 call for proposals for the ICT graduate skills conversion and Springboard 

• The implementations of a pilot Post Graduate Programme for Professional Practice to 

Microfinance Youth Programme from third level sector supported research teams assist those who are farthest from the labour market programmes provide opportunity for graduates to acquire cross disciplinary skills in STEM based sectors.

“This year’s Plan aims to build on the significant progress which has occurred in job-creation since the first Action Plan was launched, with more than 61,000 extra jobs added in the year to December 2013.”

Bad weather won’t deter McGahon’s campaign team

On Saturday last, Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon and his campaign team braved the wind and rain as they leafleted and canvassed Dundalk throughout Saturday.

John said “Its great to have the support of so many of my friends who knocked on doors all day despite the weather. I firmly believe that politics in Dundalk and North Louth needs new blood. I have been knocking on doors for six weeks now and the reception has been very positive. People want to see new faces and fresh ideas, especially at local level. We have a very strong Fine Gael team between myself, Colin Goss and Cllr.Martin Murnaghan”.

With just under 95 days until polling day, John said “I have a strong commitment to my native town of Dundalk and North Louth and I want to contribute to it’s promising future by playing my part as a local representative”.

McGahon Open’s New Constituency Office

Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has today (Friday) opened his very own constituency office in the heart of Dundalk. It is based beside Dundalk Men’s Shed in Seatown, and will be open to the public every Friday from 11am-2pm.

John said “Since last year I have been working very hard for the people of Dundalk and North Louth, now by having an office, it ensures I am even more accessible to the people I hope to represent.

The office has a strong tradition for John’s family, his uncle, former Louth TD, Brendan McGahon used it as his own constituency office for many years.

My office will be there for everyone, regardless of political persuasion. I have always believed the role of a local representative should be to serve the people, and that’s exactly what I intend to do with this office.

 John McGahon at his Dundalk Constituency) Office

€40 Million announced for 2014 Sports Capital Programme

Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has today (Monday) welcomed the announcement from Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring that €40 Million has been allocated to the 2014 Sports Capital Programme.

Over the past few weeks, I have been assisting local sports clubs and organisations in Dundalk and North Louth to register online with OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register). Clubs must register first before they can start the application process. Under the programme pitches will be drained, floodlights will be installed, sports halls will be improved and dressing rooms will be built. Thanks to these grants, people will have more opportunities than ever to get active and stay involved with a wide range of sports.

The important dates for registration and applications are below, but please go to for more information.

  • Open for applications from 12 noon on Friday 17th January;
  • Closed for registration at 5pm on Friday 7th February;
  •  Closed for applications at 5pm on Friday 28th February.

If I can be of any assistance or provide any advice on the application process, please get in touch.

Happy Christmas!