Councillor Patricia McCarthy calls time on political career

Shannon councillor Patricia McCarthy will retire from local elected politics next month following a career that spanned 25 years.
The sole female representative on a 32 member Clare County Council announced that she would not be contesting the Local Elections in May.
The former county mayor, and first woman elected to the role, Cllr McCarthy (Independent) was also mayor of Shannon.
She has been a member of Clare County Council since 1979 and has been represented on Shannon Town Council since it was first established in 1982.
“I feel the time is now right for me to step away from politics. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a representative for the Shannon Electoral Area and indeed, for County Clare during my term as Mayor in 2007-2008,” Cllr McCarthy explained.
“I want to thank the electorate for having selected me as their representative over four separate decades. I have been honoured to serve on both Clare County Council and Shannon Town Council and would like to thank the staff, both past and present, of both local authorities for their assistance during this time.”
“I also want to acknowledge the support of my family, friends and colleagues who have made what can be, at times, a difficult role much easier,” Cllr McCarthy concluded.

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