Ballivor native Tracy McElhinney has deep roots in the area where she lives and has a large extended family. She was elected to Meath County Council for the first time in 2009, and is seeking to regain her seat. She has been appointed the Local Area Representative for the Trim Electoral Area.
Tracy is a member of the Trim Branch of the Labour Party and is the daughter of Pat and Della Loughlin from Ballivor. She is married to George McElhinney with two sons and lives in Ballivor. A granddaughter of the late Frank (Dully) Coughlan who was a great Labour Party activists, she is also a grandniece of Jack Murtagh Rathwire.
Tracy is an active member of her community. She has been involved in setting up the local library in Ballivor, and is campaigning for the library to be rehoused in the local derelict Church of Ireland building. There are a number of derelict buildings in the area and Tracy is pushing for those to be used for housing. Tracy is also involved with the Scouts and the Ballivor Horse Show. She is the first female Chair of Louth Meath Education & Training Board, and was involved together with the community in driving the building of the new secondary school.
Workers’ rights and representing people at a time when the nature of work is changing is Tracy’s priority. Tracy is a former employee of NEC Semi Conductors Ireland, having worked for the company for over 12 years and was also a shop steward. Following her redundancy in 2006, Tracy set up the employment lobby group Next Era Calling with former employees and some community members to fight for the rights of workers.