Shane McEntee's daughter selected as Fine Gael candidate for his seat

Shane McEntee

The daughter of the late junior minister Shane McEntee has tonight been selected as Fine Gael’s candidate for his seat.

Helen McEntee, 26, vowed to work as hard as her father if she wins the Meath East by-election on March 27.

He was Minister of State for Forestry when he died by suicide in December just days after his 56th birthday.

Ms McEntee said she wants to continue her father’s 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,” she said.

“He was an incredible man with a passionate determination to serve his community.”

Ms McEntee, who was chosen unopposed at a selection convention in Kells, said that for the last two-and-a-half years she had been working with her father to help address the challenges facing people in the constituency.

“I will continue this work with the same level of commitment and determination if elected to Dáil Éireann,” said the candidate, who plans to kickstart her campaign first thing in the morning.

Director of elections Frances Fitzgerald described Ms McEntee as an impressive and committed candidate.

“I have no doubt she will be an extremely dedicated TD if elected to Dáil Éireann,” the children’s minister said.

“She has first-hand experience on the real issues facing families and all the people in this community.”


Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Gardaí search for missing teenager Derek Cleary

Public encouraged to make the most of Culture Night

Customers in the West urged to turn off gas amid safety fears

Natural gas customers in two counties told to switch off supply


Today's Stories

Cabinet warned demands for extra funds will be viewed 'extremely negatively'

HSE and gardaí ordered to release key reports

Former Cork tax office to be knocked after two fires

Farming survey: One third of farmers don’t think farming hits climate

Lifestyle

Getting clean and lean: James Duigan on the simplicity of changing your food habits

Ask Audrey: You’re 9 on the Crazy Scale, where 1 is sane and 10 is flying with Ryanair

Get out and enjoy: What's on offer for Culture Night?

Upper crusts: Eight sourdough breads tested

More From The Irish Examiner