THE longtime President of Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams was not the only party member to bow out of public life over the weekend as Mayo County Councillor, Thérèse Ruane, also announced that she will not be contesting the next local elections. She will retire from Mayo County Council at the end an eight-year stint as a public representative.
Cllr Ruane was first co-opted to Castlebar Town Council, when party colleague Noel Campbell, was forced to resign because of his ‘dual position’ in public life and at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.
In a statement, where she thanked all her supporters, Cllr Ruane said she was ‘particularly proud of her work in bringing community and equality issues to the fore at every opportunity’.
Thérèse Ruane said: “I have now decided not to contest the next local elections and I will be stepping down in my role as councillor at the end of this year. This hasn’t been an easy decision for me. Due to work commitments it’s becoming more and more challenging for me to fulfill my role as a councillor. As a result, I feel it’s time to hand over the reins to someone new who can build on the strong foundations established over the years,” Thérèse Ruane said. She said Sinn Féin has continued to grow in the Castlebar Municipal District since her election in 2009 and that she left a track-record of hard work and honest representation.
“I am really proud of my work in bringing equality and community issues to the fore at every opportunity. In particular, I have been a strong voice for women, young people, LGBTI Community; Travellers, Migrants and other vulnerable groups within our communities,” she said.