Meath East - Michael GALLAGHER
Michael Gallagher is a living in Drumconrath with wife Sheila, and children Emma & Mícheál.
As a councillor, Michael, has a reputation as a hard working councillor. He has been to the fore in fighting against Eirgrids over head pylons and has taken part in the ongoing campaign to save Navan hospital. He is also involved in working for affordable housing and social housing programmes in the North Meath area, combating social exclusion, addressing rural issues, tackling the continuing drugs problems in Meath, and addressing youth unemployment.
Michael has been a lifelong Irish Republican and has been a member of Sinn Féin all his adult life. He is chairman of Drumconrath Gaelic Football club, his son, Mícheál was the Irish officer with the Meath county board. He has a great interest in traditional music and is a member of the O Carolan branch of Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí.
Michael was involved in creating Sinn Féin’s 6 year budget plan. The 6 year plan proposed a cap on Minister, TD’s and chief civil servants, charging fully for private beds in public places, proposed adjusting the 3% deficit over 6 years as not to stall growth in the Irish economy. Sinn Fein's plan was the only pre- budget statement to be backed by the ERSI.
He was elected as a Councillor on Meath County Council in the Local Government Elections in 2002, and has been the party spokesman in Meath for agriculture and the “Anti-Pylon” campaign.When elected to An Dáil Michael for the people of Meath in issues such as, workers rights and protecting the minimum wage, saving facilities and stop stretching resources in both Navan and Drogheda hospitals, stopping a rise in a college registration fees to insure a knowledge based economy.