Naas Mayor Emer McDaid has become the latest member of Naas Town Council to pull out of the 2014 local elections - days after Cllr. Darren Scully was returned to Fine Gael.
Cllr. McDaid, who was elected to Naas Town Council in 2009, has opted out for personal reasons.
A teacher at the Scoil an Linbh Iosa primary school, Cllr. McDaid’s husband Enda is a teacher at the St. Corban’s boys primary school, Naas, and they have a child Tom (1). The Leader understands that Ms. McDaid will stand down for family reasons but has not ruled out a return to politics in the future.
She will see out her term as Naas Mayor until NTC is abolished and effectively replaced by a Municipal District within an enlarged Kildare County Council.
Last month Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken (Ind) stood down from Naas Town Council as Cllr. Alan O’Kelly (FG) did in September. Neither of these will seek election to Kildare County Council.
Fine Gael’s flag bearer in the local elections in Naas will be Cllr. Scully who has had the party whip restored less than two years after it was removed following remarks he made to the effect that he would not represent people of African origin.
- Paul O’Meara.