Cathaoirleach Elaine McGinty

Cllr Elaine McGinty Labour Councillor on Meath County Council and Cathaoirleach of Laytown/ Bettystown Municipal District.  

I have lived in my local area for more than 18 years and was co-opted on to Meath County Council in 2020 following the election of Annie Hoey to Seanad Eireann.  

A lifelong Trade Union member and community activist, I spent a large part of my career working in Business Banking covering Dublin, Louth and Meath areas.  

I hold a B.A. & M.A. in Economics and Finance from Maynooth University and am also a Qualified Financial Advisor.  

Witnessing the growing social and economic disparity between sections of our society, I joined the Labour Party.

I believe in a fair and just society for all and I am passionate about creating equality of opportunity, supporting socially responsible business and enterprise and working towards unlocking the untapped potential of our area.

Raising a young family in East Meath I am more than aware of the unique challenges that the area faces and the absolute requirement for better co-operation between Meath & Louth County Councils on the delivery of basic local services. I believe that longer-term sustainable planning is crucial to enhance the quality of life of the residents of the East Meath constituency and this is a cornerstone of my work as a newly appointed Councillor.

At a local level my priorities are ensuring that;

  • Promoting a greener & cleaner local environment, I am committed to Ireland’s implementation of the Climate Action Bill.
  • Better co-operation between Meath & Louth County Council.
  • Sustainable planning that creates and supports community living.
  • Improved facilities and supports for Young People.
  • More local Parks, Sport and Community facilities for the area.
  • Improved investment and service in Water infrastructure.
  • Better cycling and transport solutions that serve our everyday needs
  • Full time Garda station and additional resources for East Meath
  • Support for local businesses and local employment opportunities.
  • Good communication & consultation with local residents on key issues

At a national level, I continuously advocate for:

  • Abolition of Strategic Housing Development and replacement of the ‘Developer Lead’ housing model with a ‘Community/Citizen Lead’ housing plan for the country.
  • The need for greater interagency co-operation between our local Councils, An Bord Pleanala, EirGrid, Irish Water and Businesses to ensure that Ireland meets its commitments to Climate Action.  
  • A new model of local Banking that includes Credit Unions and aligns itself with the needs of Business and Economy and Country not shareholder value. 
  • A new Industrial Relations model that includes remote workers, encourages better working conditions, pay, that concentrates on forging better relationships between employers and employees where trust and respect are at the cornerstone of that relationship.
  • Progressive tax system that benefits society and the promotion of Active citizenship model of inclusiveness, respect and support.

Cllr Elaine McGinty

Ireland - Midlands North West : Meath East : Laytown-Bettystown
Work Address:
Connolly Hall, Palace Street
Co Louth

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