Cllr. Rachel Doherty is the latest sitting councillor in the country to withdraw from politics, citing work demands.
Cllr. Doherty, who has continuously served on Roscommon County Council since 2004, has confirmed that she will not be seeking re-election in the 2019 local elections.
“In recent years, the workload of a county councillor has become more demanding. Essentially, it is a full-time job and regrettably, I am not in a position to serve for another five-year term, due to my increasing work commitments in Failte Ireland” Cllr. Doherty said.
Confirming that she will not be putting her name forward to the next Fianna Fáil selection convention for the Boyle Electoral area, Cllr. Doherty thanked party members for nominating her once again.
Reflecting on her career, she said: “I was first elected as a Fianna Fáil county councillor for the Boyle area in 2004, and subsequently re-elected in 2009 and 2014. At the end of this council term, I will have served 15 years as a public representative. Throughout this time, it has been an honour and privilege to represent the people in the Boyle Electoral area. I have endeavoured to work in the best interests of people at all times. I have ensured that the people I represent have had a strong voice on their issues of concern”.
Cllr. Doherty thanked everyone who has supported her over the past fifteen years, including her family and friends. She also thanked management and staff of Roscommon County Council for their co-operation and support as well as her fellow councillors – past and present – for their friendship and courtesy.
Daughter of Maura and the late Sean Doherty, Rachel’s father (Sean) served as a Government Minister, TD and Senator during a long and high profile political career.
Cllr. Orla Leyden paid tribute to Cllr. Rachel Doherty, saying that her colleague’s departure is “a real loss to politics”.
Cllr. Leyden, first elected to Roscommon County Council with Cllr. Doherty in 2004, said that they have always worked very well together.
“Cllr. Doherty has made a great contribution to her electoral area and county. She has been an articulate, able and vocal public representative – she is passionate and never afraid to challenge the status quo. She is also extremely witty and always great company. I wish Rachel all the best for the future in her professional career”.