BREAKING: Waterford Minister John Halligan announces he is retiring from politics
Waterford TD and Minister for State has confirmed he is retiring from public life and will not be contesting next month’s General Election.
In a statement released this morning, the Independent TD said that, after giving “30 years of my life to politics, I now feel the time is right to start a new chapter and devote more time to my family – my wife, children and grandchildren – all of whom have been an unfailing support to me”.
Mr Halligan has been widely expected to step down. Earlier this week WaterfordNow.ie reported sources close to the departing deputy as saying he was “seriously contemplating retirement”.
Mr Halligan said it has been “a profound honour to represent the people of Waterford at both local and national level” throughout his career, adding: “I have served every single day in public office fighting for what I believed was right and working with determination on behalf of my constituents.”
Referring to his work as Minister of State, Mr Halligan said it has been a “privilege to work alongside Ireland’s leading scientists and researchers and to promote our educational institutions and businesses on the world stage”.
Mr Halligan also paid a warm tribute to his “loyal” campaign team and his staff, who he said “went above and beyond in their daily commitment so to assist every single person who came to my office in need of help or support”.
He concluded by saying: “Most of all I want to humbly thank the people of Waterford who have put their faith in me for these past three decades.
“Together we have experienced many highs and lows down through the years. We have endured trying times as a city and county but have held fast in the spirit of community and emerged stronger for it. It is heartening for me to step aside at a time of regeneration, growth and renewed optimism in Waterford.”