This week, Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice announced that Cllr Des Joyce, the man who replaced him on Galway County Council following his election to the Dáil in 2014, will not be contesting this May’s local elections. Instead, Fitzmaurice is endorsing Williamstown businessman Declan Geraghty.
“Des Joyce has informed me that, due to work and family commitments, he is unable to commit to another five years as a County Councillor. I fully understand and respect his decision and I wish him well in the future,” explained Deputy Fitzmaurice.
Speaking on the matter, Cllr Joyce said: “Being a member of Galway County Council has been a great experience for me and I have enjoyed representing the people within the Tuam Municipal area. It has been a pleasure to have worked with my colleagues on the Council and all the staff of Galway County Council with whom I had a very good relationship and I thank them for their support and co-operation.”
Declan Geraghty, the latest candidate to enter the local election race in Galway, has said: “Firstly, I would like to wish Des Joyce well following his decision to step down from the Council. Once I heard that Des had made this decision, I felt that it would leave a vacuum in this part of the county and I decided to run to give the people of this area a strong independent voice.
The proprietor of DG Roofing concluded: “I believe this part of the county is a great place to live in and a great place to bring up a family, but it has suffered over the past few years and my aim would be to do all that I can to help improve rural infrastructure in the area.”
The announcement by Mr Geraghty that he is entering the race will not come as a surprise to many in the Williamstown area, as he has long been mooted as a credible candidate. Williamstown is, to all intense and purpose, Deputy Fitzmaurice’s backyard and his endorsement will certainly do Mr Geraghty no harm.
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