It is with much regret that I must announce that I will not be in a position to go forward as a local election candidate in the Greystones area in 2014. I’m currently fortunate to have a rewarding career in financial regulation and it has now become clear to me that it will not be possible to seek another term in Public Office, whilst also pursing this career path.
This was a difficult choice as I had hoped to continue to serve as a Public Representative beyond 2014. However, having consulted with family and friends, I believe this is the right decision. I would like to thank my supporters for their help, encouragement and advice which has been a tremendous source of support since my election in 2009.
I have made this decision public in order to allow the Fine Gael party time to find a replacement candidate. I certainly hope that another young person will come forward to take up the challenge. We need more young people involved in politics now more than ever.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Councillors and the staff of Greystones Town Council for the courtesy they have always extended to me. While we have not always agreed on every issue, I know that each of them have the best interests of our community at heart.
I look forward to continue to serve my community as a Fine Gael member of Greystones Town Council until the current term ends in 2014, and beyond 2014 I hope to continue to play an active role within both my party and my community.