INDEPENDENT Limerick county councillor Lisa Marie Sheehy has confirmed that she will not be contesting next May’s local elections.
The Cappamore/Kilmallock representative explained that she has decided not to seek re-election at this time for “personal reasons”.
The Glenroe councillor was elected in 2014 as a Sinn Féin representative when she was just 20.
She then resigned from the party in 2017 over what she claims were “bullying tactics” used by some of her colleagues within the party.
In a statement to the Limerick Post, she said she was proud of what she achieved during her term as a councillor and thanked everyone who put their faith in her to represent them.
“Five years is a long time, and I did not make the decision lightly to not rerun for another five-year term. I know that I worked hard for my area and my local community and I never regret putting myself out there at such a young age to try and make a change,” she added.
“Of course, I didn’t get everything done that I wanted but I am confident leaving that I know jobs were completed that were put off the agenda for years and the ones that haven’t been completed yet that they are on the list and on the agenda once again.”