10 February 2020 00:35
Sinn Féin councillor Darren O'Rourke topped the polls in the Meath East constituency in the 2020 election. O'Rourke (39) ran in the 2016 election and was just behind Regina Doherty who claimed the third and final seat that year. A native of Kells, O'Rourke now lives in Ashbourne and was successful in securing a seat in that electoral area in the 2014 local elections. He is a member of a number of committees and groups within the council, including the special policy committee on planning and economic development, and the Dublin northeast regional health forum. He formerly worked in Leinster House as a policy adviser to Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.
The married father of two's political priorities were predominantly local with a specific focus on improving transport and infrastructure for Meath and ensuring the county receives a "fair" amount of Government funding, that "meets the needs of the population". He has a background in medical science, having trained in DIT, before completing several master degrees in Trinity College and the Royal College of Surgeons. The latest from the count centre in Ashbourne. Two more rounds of the count has seen no one promoted to a seat in Meath East but has seen two relegated from play. There'll officially be no doubling of Fianna Fáil's TD's in the constituency as Deirdre Geraghty Smith was eliminated on the third count with 2,047 votes after transfers.
On the fourth count, Independent Sharon Keogan was eliminated after receiving 3,024 in total after transfers, and her votes could go a long way to deciding the race for the final two seats. Fine Gael's Helen McEntee still leads on 8,333, after Darren O'Rourke took the first seat. She's still quite a bit off the quota of nearly 10,500. Next is Fianna Fáil's Thomas Byrne on 7,637, and then Regina Doherty, who's looking more and more likely to be a Fine Gael ministerial casualty with her count of 4,505 perhaps being too little too late. Sinn Fein's Darren O'Rourke was elected after the second count. He says the rise in popularity for Sinn Fein sends a clear message: Darren O'Rourke has been giving his reaction: Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill has come to visit Darren O'Rourke following his strong showing in the #meatheast first count. pic.twitter.com/LqtOWngUEz — LMFM RADIO (@LMFMRADIO) February 9, 2020 Helen McEntee is second on 18%, so should be in line for the second seat. The third seat seems to be a fight between Fianna fail's Thomas Byrne on 14% - who topped the poll in 2016 - and Regina Doherty who's had a tough day so far on 10%. Thomas Byrne says he isn't confident he'll be re-elected in Meath East: The Green Party's Sean McCabe has been giving his reaction to the Greens performance in Meath East: Labour's Annie Hoey contested her first national election and has been speaking about the party's result Meath Fine Gael Councillor Paddy Meade is predicting that Minister Regina Doherty will lose her seat in Meath East. He says it's a sad day for the party. Renewing your home or car insurance? Log on to quoteme.ie