Ruairí Ó Murchú to succeed Gerry Adams and run in next General Election for Sinn Féin
Ruairí Ó Murchú will represent Sinn Féin in the next General Election in Louth.
The Bay Estate man was selected at the party’s convention this evening to succeed party leader Gerry Adams, who last month announced his decision to retire from politics at the next election. He will run alongside sitting TD Imelda Munster, who will be seeking a second Dáil term when the next election takes place having been returned unopposed in the south of the county.
Cllr Ó Murchú, who was proposed by former local councillor Kevin Meenan and seconded by Anthony Donnelly, came out on top in a count with Anne Campbell to go forward as the party’s representative in the next election.
Campbell was proposed by Flash McVeigh and seconded by Fiona Johnston.
Both Ruairí and Anne are relatively new to local politics having only succeeded Kevin Meenan and Jennifer Green respectively as councillors on Louth County Council in September.
Ruairí, who is married to Annemarie and who has two sons and a stepson, is well used to elections from a background perspective having worked in the party’s election department.
Cllr Tomás Sharkey had been the favourite to succeed Adams but earlier today revealed he had withdrawn his nomination for the role on Friday.
Pictured above: Sinn Féin’s team for the next General Election: Ruairí Ó Murchú and Imelda Munster