The Jimmy Tully (Laytown/Bettystown) branch of the Labour Party has selected Lagavooren Manor resident Elaine McGinty to fill the Party vacancy created on Meath County Council by Annie Hoey's election to Seanad Eireann.
The co-option vote is expected to take place at the next full public monthly meeting of Meath County Council.
No stranger to community work, campaigning and advocacy, Elaine is involved in a considerable amount of voluntary work locally.
She is married to Cathal McGinty and has three children.
She said; "I am proud to have been selected to succeed Annie and to go forward to be Labour's next Councillor for the East Meath/South Drogheda area.
"I am a first time public representative, but having spent several years working in business banking in the Dublin, Louth and Meath areas, servicing the needs of local enterprise and jobs it has given me an enormous insight into the economic needs and indeed the untapped potential of East Meath.
"More recently I returned to teaching in Colaiste na hInse in Bettystown which has allowed me to work closely with young people and families in the coastal area and to understand their hopes, dreams and ambitions for themselves and for our area.
"I hold a BA & MA in Economics and Finance from Maynooth University and am also a Qualified Financial Advisor.
"Throughout my entire working career, I have been a proud trade union member. The power of collective bargaining, fairness, transparency, the improvement of workers' rights, conditions and wages are a cornerstone of my values and beliefs.
"I live in an area where I can walk to Drogheda town centre in 15 minutes yet for local services and health appointments, I have had to travel to Duleek, Navan and as far as Dunboyne on occasion.
"I am more than aware of the unique challenges that the area of East Meath faces and the absolute requirement for better co-operation between Meath & Louth County Councils on the delivery of basic local services and in terms of longer-term sustainable planning,' she stated.
"Long commuting distances, lack of local job opportunities, congestion, linking of housing development to services such as childcare, education and community health services to mention but a few. Going forward, these will be my priorities.
"Through my career in banking, teaching and volunteering I have developed a large network of both business and community group contacts within the region. I am passionate about business, enterprise and education and unlocking the untapped potential of our area.
"I look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead and will work to the best of my ability to represent the people of the area for the betterment of all."