Walsh pays tribute to Fine Gael councillor Jarlath McDonagh

Fine Gael councillor Jarlath McDonagh.

Fine Gael councillor Jarlath McDonagh.

Galway West TD Brian Walsh has paid tribute to Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath McDonagh following his announcement that he will retire from politics at next year’s local elections.

The 68-year-old former teacher has been a member of Fine Gael for more than 30 years and has been the party’s whip on Galway County Council. He has been a member of the council for the Oranmore electoral area since the 1980s, most recently re-elected at the 2009 local elections. Cllr McDonagh is also a former senator having served from 1993 to 2002 and elected on the Labour panel.

Speaking about the announcement, Deputy Walsh said: “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jarlath on a wide range of issues on behalf of our constituents. He is an immensely capable, popular and hard-working public representative; who will leave a legacy that will be difficult for any successor to emulate in future years.

“Jarlath has had an outstanding electoral record during his time in politics, which is a reflection of the high regard in which he is held by his electorate in Turloughmore and the broader Oranmore Electoral Area. I wish him the very best in his retirement from politics.”

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