Helen McEntee, daughter of the late TD, Shane McEntee, has tonight (Thursday) been selected as Fine Gael’s candidate for the Meath East Bye-election. Helen was chosen unopposed as the Party’s candidate at a selection convention in Kells.
Speaking following her selection, Helen said: ‘I am delighted to have been chosen by Fine Gael to run in the Bye-election to fill the seat left vacant in Meath East by the death of my father. I want to continue his good work by dealing with the issues that matter most to the people of Meath East’.
“I could never hope to fill my father’s shoes. But I can promise to work just as hard as he did. He was an incredible man with a passionate determination to serve his community. For the last two and a half years, I have been working with Dad to help address the challenges facing people in Meath East. I will continue this work with the same level of commitment and determination if elected to Dáil Eireann.
“I’m looking forward to meeting as many people as possible over the next three weeks right across the constituency. I’ll be kick starting my campaign first thing in the morning and I can’t wait to get it underway.”
Director of Elections, Frances Fitzgerald TD, said: ‘Helen is an impressive and committed candidate. I have no doubt she will be extremely dedicated TD if elected to Dáil Eireann. She has first-hand experience on the real issues facing families and all the people in this community. The entire Fine Gael organisation – including YFG, Councillors, Senators, TDs and Ministers - will be involved in campaigning for a No. 1 vote for Helen McEntee on March 27th’.
Campaign Manager and Meath West TD, Damien English, said: ‘Helen has the experience, the academic credentials and the dedication to make a great TD. She has worked with her Dad over the last two and a half years on a range of issues facing Meath East from pyrite to pylons, and the challenges facing small businesses. Fine Gael will be running a vigorous campaign between now and March 27th to secure a great result for Helen and the people of Meath East’.