Sinn Féin have selected their final candidate in south Meath, Maria O’Kane, an Irish language teacher and activist to contest the local elections for the Ratoath area on May 23rd. Ms O’Kane will join Darren O’Rourke in the Ashbourne area and Matt Carthy EU candidate on the Sinn Féin ticket.
Maria who is from the Greenpark area in Dunshaughlin, holds an International Degree in Irish and French from UCD and a H.Dip in Irish Legal Translation from King’s Inns. She is a passionate advocate of the Irish language, currently working with Conradh na Gaelige.
Maria feels strongly that social justice, equality and community development must be at the fore of local politics.
Speaking at the recent selection convention in Ratoath, Ms O’Kane said;
“I am delighted to have been selected to contest the local elections in May in the Ratoath area. Having lived and worked here all my life, I am very familiar with the needs of the local people. As a young woman myself, I have seen first hand the effects of austerity on my generation and rural community and feel I am well placed to be a candid voice who can represent my peers in the way that they deserve.
“Sinn Féin have a dynamic team in County Meath that I am proud to be part of. I am very much looking forward to the campaign ahead when I will have the opportunity to meet with the people of Ratoath, Dunshaughlin, Dunboyne and surrounds.”