Edgeworthstown native Pat O’Rourke has announced that he is to seek the Fianna Fail nomination to run in the European Elections in 2014. Mr O’Rourke will be looking for the party’s nomination torun in the new Midlands-North-West constituency.
A former President of the ICMSA, Mr O’Rourke is well-known in the agri-food and rural development sector. He is currently the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Livestock and Meat Commission.
A Fianna Fail stalwart, he failed to secure the party’s nomination to run in the European Elections in 2009 but he is hoping to take advantage of Longford’s central location in the new four seat Midlands North-West consitituency.
Speaking to longfordleader.ie, Mr O’Rourke said he was putting he was fully aware of the problems that must be tackled head-on in the region.
“It is more important than ever that Ireland, and our constituency, is represented at the European Parliament by somebody with significant experience who understands the system and the issues affecting people in the various sectors all over this region,” he said. “I have served on local committees, including Leader, national committees and negotiated at Europe along with my current responsibilities. I have considerable experience at local, national, All-Ireland, and at European level. The Midlands-North-West region has been particularly badly hit by the economic downturn and tackling unemployment through regional development is a priority for me.”
The redrawn European Parliament boundaries places Longford at the centre of the new Midlands-North-West constituency and O’Rourke sees his location as a key benefit to voters.
“The new constituency comprises of fifteen counties covering the areas from Donegal to Louth and across from Kildare to Galway. The Midlands region will be a significant part of this new Constituency and for the first time ever is strongly positioned to elect an MEP. My location in the heart of the Midlands is an ideal base to represent the region. This is a great chance to get an MEP elected in this area”, said O’Rourke.
Pat O’Rourke resides in Moatfarrell and is married to Joanne. The couple have three children.