Aaron_ORourke_210220Sinn Féin will propose that 21-year-old Aaron O’Rourke be co-opted on to Fingal County Council at a specially convened meeting of the council next Tuesday evening. The vacancy on the council arises out of Paul Donnelly’s recent election to the Dáil to serve as a TD for Dublin West. O’Rourke was unanimously ratified by members of the party at a selection convention held on Friday evening.

Mr. O’Rourke who resides in Beechfield between Littlepace and Ongar is a Gaeilgeoir and is currently in his final year of studies in Dublin City University to become a Primary School Teacher. He joined Sinn Féin shortly after the 2016 general election and very quickly rose through the ranks of Ógra Shinn Féin, the party’s youth wing. In 2017 Aaron helped re-launch the Ógra Shinn Féín Society in DCU and served as it’s Chairperson. In 2018, O’Rourke along with others were instrumental in getting nearly 1,500 DCU students to support a motion backing Irish reunification.

Speaking at the convention this evening, Mr. O’Rourke said:

“I am deeply honoured to have been nominated by my party colleagues to take the council seat that has been held by Paul Donnelly since 2014.”

“I know I have big shoes to fill but as Mary Lou McDonald said after becoming Uachtarán of the party two years ago, I’ve brought my own shoes. I want to continue the great work Paul has done on Fingal County Council over the years working alongside the great team of Sinn Féin Councillors in Fingal; Natalie Treacy, Breda Hanaphy and Ann Graves.”

“The Ongar LEA is a rapidly growing and changing area. I will ensure that these changes are for the betterment of the community. I will work hard to represent the people of Ongar, Littlepace, Clonsilla, Hartstown and Huntstown and I will be their voice on the council. I also plan to talk to other young people in the area and find out what their concerns are. My constituency needs someone that will listen to and stand up for young people. I will make it my priority that the issues facing all the people of these communities including transport, infrastructure, housing and Garda resources are met head on in the council over the next four years and beyond and ensure that I can be a councillor for all the people. Ar son na ndaoine.”

In congratulating Mr. O’Rourke, Paul Donnelly TD said:

“I want to wish Aaron every success as he sets out on this new journey in his life. It takes leadership and courage to step forward and become a public representative. These are qualities Aaron has in abundance and they are traits I and his peers spotted in him very soon after he joined Sinn Féin. He’s a very capable individual and I know he will put his own stamp on the role. I’m keen to work closely with Aaron in the months ahead and I have given him a commitment that I will be there to support and mentor him as he develops in the position.”

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