SINN Féin councillor Ciara McMahon has confirmed that she will not be contesting the local elections this May.
In a statement this week, the Adare-Rathkeale area representative said it had been “an immense honour and privilege” to serve the people of West Limerick over the last four and a half years.
“I have had the opportunity to see first hand the best that Limerick has to offer, it is becoming a city and county to rival the world’s best. Yes, it has challenges and when current challenges are over come Limerick will face more, that is what evolution and innovation inspire, that is why having a vision for Limerick as a whole is important,” Cllr McMahon added.
She went on to thank the many people who guided her through the last few years, including family, friends, colleagues and the staff of Limerick City and County Council.
Cllr McMahon explained that while the perception of politics can be negative, her time as a councillor offered her an amazing opportunity to see first-hand the work, time and dedication that politicians place in their work.
“Politics is not as easy as the perception, I have always seen myself as a practical person who doesn’t play politics and I remain that person coming out of this experience. I have learned so much along this journey and will take the many lessons I learned, both positive and negative with me for life. It is with a heavy heart that I will not be contesting this years Local Elections as a Sinn Féin candidate,” she concluded.