Long standing Kildare County Councillor Martin Miley calls time on political career

Not retiring, just stepping back from the hustle bustle of politics

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Long standing Kildare County Councillor Martin Miley calls time on political career

Cllr Martin Miley

Cllr Martin Miley, who has served on Kildare County Council for the past 15 years has announced that he will not contest the forthcoming local elections this summer.

Both his father and grandfather also served on Kildare County Council over the past 60 years.

In a statement issued last week he thanked his family and friends for all their support over his time in office, and while the decision to stand down wasn’t taken lightly, ”I do feel 15 years of continuous representation is a substantial period and would like to see someone with new ideas and a fresh approach”.

He said that he enjoyed his time on the council over the years and “obviously being mayor of the county in  2017 was a great honour and privilege”.  He said that being chairman of the Joint Policing Commmittee was an honour “and something I was very passionate about”.

He noted that at only 42 years of age he was not retiring, “but stepping back from the hustle and bustle of politics”. He said he was looking forward to more family time with his family and “working with the local community to continue the community spirit that we have.”

His full statement is below:

“I wish to announce that I will not be contesting the local elections in 2019. The Fianna Fáil  convention will be taking place in the coming weeks in which I am not seeking nomination for. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, my supporters and the wider community  for their support over the last 15 years; indeed to thank the community for supporting my grandfather Bill Miley, father Martin Miley and myself for 60 years in public life on Kildare County Council.

“To represent one’s community on Kildare County Council is a great honour and great responsibility in which I hope I have represented our community to the best of my ability.  I haven't made this decision lightly but I do feel 15 years of continuous representation is a substantial period  and would like to see someone with new ideas and a fresh approach.

“I have enjoyed my 15 years on Kildare County Council with highs and lows as the years pass on. Obviously being mayor of the county in  2017 was a great honour and privilege I relish that opportunity and I do hope I represented my community with dignity and pride. Attending almost 350 events throughout the county was a wonderful experience. It was an honour to represent Kildare in New York on Saint Patrick's Day. Signing the contracts for the now in construction widening of the M7 motorway which will be open in April and give fantastic traffic relief to 70,000 vehicles on a daily basis.The handing over of social housing keys in Monasterevin and Kilcock and signing contracts for the construction of other social housing in Killdare was very important. 

“Being chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee for the past five years has been an honour for me and something I am very passionate about. Policing is very important in any community. To work closely with the garda management has been enjoyable. The appetite to combat crime and particularly for older and vulnerable people is extremely important.

“Having a home is one of the most important things than any person or family can have. And it's vital that we work to continue to ensure homes for all. Down through the years this has been a challenge – and rural planning is becoming next to impossible. This has been a focus of the Mileys as councillors on Kildare County Council. We are very proud that many families have been reared in rural County Kildare from the policies that the Mileys pushed at Council level. This needs to be continued.

“At 42, I'm not retiring, just stepping back, and looking forward to life away from the hustle bustle of politics. Looking forward to more family time with Louise, Sarah,  Anna and Paul and working with local community to continue the community spirit that we have.

“I will be continuing to work for the public until May.”

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