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”.

€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!

Carlingford and Omeath receive €250,000 in Government funding – MCGAHON.


Fine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has welcomed the exciting news that Carlingford and Omeath are to receive funding of €250,000 from governmental departments.

“The first announcement came from Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan T.D., and the Louth Leadership Partnership, which provided€200,000 for the Carlingford Adventure Aerial Park under the Encouragement of Tourism Activities”

“This really is fantastic news for tourism in North Louth, many local people are responsible for Carlingford becoming an important hub of tourism, examples like the National Leprechaun Hunt and the Adventure Centre all contribute to the growth of tourism in the region, this funding will improve the attractiveness of the centre for tourists both north and south of the border”.

The second announcement came from the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., who today (Wednesday) approved funding of €50,000 towards the establishment of a youth café in Omeath which will be provided by the Omeath District Development Company”.

“Youth Cafes play an important role in the lives of many teenagers, it allows them to meet friends, play games, and access important information all in a very safe environment”

1,200 jobs created every week – McGahon

John McGahonFine Gael candidate for Dundalk-Carlingford, John McGahon, has today (Tuesday)  welcomed the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), which show that more than 1,200 new jobs are now being created every week.

“These are encouraging figures, and it shows that the Governments Action Plan for Jobs is working.The number of people in employment increased by 3.2% in the 12 months to the third quarter of this year. This is a significant jump from the 1.8% annual increase which had been recorded in the previous quarter. Employment has now grown for each of the last four quarters”.

“Furthermore, it is important to point out that these figures cannot be attributed to emigration, as they show that the number of people at work has increased by 58,000 over the last year. These are new, extra jobs in the Irish economy”.

“Dundalk and North Louth have been particularly lucky with the arrival of Ebay and PayPal. Indeed County Louth has received 10% of all Foreign Direct Investment that has flowed into Ireland over the last two years. For a border town like Dundalk, this is the type of support we need”.