Councillor George Jones, who has served as a local councillor in Wicklow since 1979, has confirmed he will not be a candidate in next year’s local elections.
Next year will see the abolition of 80 town councils across the country, including Greystones Town Council. Town councils will be replaced by municipal districts in each of the affected areas.
“Since 1979 I have had the privilege to serve the Greystones electoral area on Wicklow County Council and Greystones Town Council,” Cllr Jones said. “I have been honoured by the voters of this area who in all local elections since 1979 have shown their confidence in me by re-electing me on each occasion.
“When I first stood for election in 1979, Greystones and surrounding areas were totally forgotten by Wicklow County Council and all other local agencies even though the area was showing huge growth in population.
“I am delighted to be able to say as I depart the local government stage that Greystones is now a very vibrant town with some of the best facilities in the country.
Cllr Jones said he felt particularly proud of some key achievements, such as the extension of the DART, construction of sports facilities including the swimming pool, the establishment of a Town Council and a strong commercial base.
Cllr Jones thanked the voters for their support over the last 34 years and thanked his colleagues on both Greystones and Wicklow County Councils along with the staff of both bodies for their assistance.
“I will continue to work in the interest of the community until next year’s elections and will also be working actively to ensure Fine Gael retain its strong representation on the new Council in 2014,” he said.