Maeve Yore will be a new independent voice on the new county council.
The mother of four and founder of Special Needs Active Parents polled 1,805 first preferences in the Dundalk-South area.
The quota was 1,364.
Maeve only decided to run three weeks before the election and campaigned vigorously with a small team of dedicated supporters.
It was her first time standing in an election and it could not have been a greater success.
She managed to take the core vote of retiring independent Martin Bellew.
This was no mean achievement.
She took the third seat coming in ahead of Sinn Fein’s Kevin Meenan and Jennifer Green, both of whom campaigned superbly to take two seats for Sinn Fein.
She also came in ahead of outgoing town councillors Maria Doyle, Fine Gael, and Marianne Butler of the Green Party.
Maeve decided to run because, as she put it herself, she was fed up trying to change things from the outside.
She is a founder member of SNAP (Special Needs Active Parents) and has worked tirelessly for the organisation over the years.
“I’ve spent 11 years fighting for the basic rights for children with special needs through SNAP.
“I know that you have to keep highlighting the needs and the problems facing people.
“You have to keep fighting to get something done.
“Seven years ago, Maeve sat in the county council chamber and addressed councillors on the necessity of providing therapy for children with special needs.
She was speaking on behalf of SNAP. Help was promised, but it never materialised.
It is this kind of frustration that has made her decide, maybe it’s time to change things from the inside.
Also, as a mother of four, with some of the family now grown and finished their education, she knows how frustrating it is for young people in this country at the moment who are trying to find jobs and establish a career for themselves.
“I’m fearful for their future,” she said.
“I really am. And nothing is being done. Nobody in public life is taking ownership.”
Maeve is also concerned about the neglect of older people by our politicians.
“There is a lot of hardship and suffering and nothing is being done about it.”