A New Voice
Sinn Féin’s Darren O’Rourke (32) is contesting the Meath East by election caused by the untimely death of Shane McEntee TD.
Born and raised in Kells, where he played soccer and Gaelic football, Darren now lives in Ashbourne. His father is very well known in the farming community in north Meath.
With a degree in Biomedical Science, and Masters from Trinity College and the Royal College of Surgeons, Darren worked as a medical scientist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. A policy advisor to Caoimhghin ÓCaoláin TD, he combines a knowledge of health policy with a commitment to delivering political change.
Motivated to contest this by election because his generation has been failed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour, Darren’s focus, if elected, will be on jobs, tackling mortgage distress and delivering a better health system.
Meath East saw a rapid, unplanned increase in population during the boom and Darren believes there are huge gaps in service provision and amenities that need to be addressed.
Beidh Darren Ó Ruairc (32) san iomaíocht don fhothoghchán atá san Mhí Thoir mar gheall ar bhásantráthach Shane McEntee TD. Rugadh agus tógadh Darren i gCeanannas áitar imir sé sacair agus peil agus tá séina chónaí anois i gCill Dhealgáin. Lecéim san Eolaíocht Bithleighis agus Maistreacht ó Cholaiste na Trionóide agus Colaiste Ríoga na Máinlianna, d’oibir Darren mar Eolaí Míochainein Otharlann Our Lady of Lourdes in Droichead Átha. Mar chomhairleoir polasaí ag Caoimhghin Ó CaoláinTD, tá sé cumasach agus eolach arpholasaithe sláinte agus tiomantas aige athrú polaitiúil a thabhairt chun cinn.
Speaking after his selection as the Sinn Féin candidate for the by-election Darren said, "I strongly believe that Meath East needs a new voice, someone who is not part of the political consensus.
"If elected I will demand fairness and stand up for ordinary people against unjustifiable cuts and charges such as the Property Tax.
East does not need another Government TD. It is already represented by
two government TDs and the government has an overwhelming majority. Nor
constituency need a return to the failed politics of Fianna Fáil which have left this state with a legacy of bank debt, mortgage distress and unemployment.
"I have lived in Meath all of my life and am very proud of my county. I believe that Meath East needs change and can look forward to a better future with better political representation.
"The Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/ Labour consensus is all about targeting ordinary hardworking people rather than those who created the crisis or those who can afford to pay more. This is both wrong and unfair. I will oppose measures that are clearly unjust and will put forward fair alternatives.
"A vote for me is a vote for tough action against vested interests and for cuts to excessive wages at the top of the public sector. It is a vote for stimulus to create jobs.
With your support I will deliver for Meath East.”