Politician’s true grit story to beat cold snap in Ireland

Councillor Meade with a selfie of himself and his car boot filled with grit

Councillor Meade with a selfie of himself and his car boot filled with grit. Image by Paddy Meade

A local politician is starring in his own version of the John Wayne classic 'True Grit' during the current cold snap hitting Ireland. Meath County Councillor, Paddy Meade has taken the rock-salt from a local council depot and distributed it across his own constituency.

After filling up the boot of his car, the councillor has distributed the grit to people in the Slane electoral area, the Irish Times reports.

Meath County Council has warned the local representative, who has taken the grit without permission, that he will be liable for any claims resulting in accidents from the area he has been gritting.

Explaining his actions, the Councillor said: “I asked for the grit and I was refused so I took it anyway from the Navan depot because we have so many icy and untreated roads in my area.”

He gave his reason for filling the car boot and back seat of his car. “Only two of the main roads in this area – the N2 and the N51 – are on the gritting route. Even the famed tourist centre, Bru na Boinne interpretative centre, is not on the route.”

Mr Meade claims to have delivered 140 bags of grit in recent days leaving them in pubs and shops for further distribution.

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