Dearey to step down from local politics at next election
One of Dundalk’s longest serving councillors has announced his decision to step down from local politics this summer.
Cllr Mark Dearey of the Green Party took to social media yesterday to confirm he would not be running in May’s Local Elections.
He said: “I won’t be running in the Local Elections later this year. It’s been a true honour to have served the people of the area this past 15 years.”
The Spirit Store publican was first elected to Dundalk Town Council in 2004 and was re-elected in 2009 when he became a member of the County Council for the first time. He was subsequently re-elected in 2014 but will not be running for a fourth tenure on the local authority.
The 55-year-old also ran for the Green Party in the 2007 and 2011 General Elections without being elected while he also ran in the 2014 European Parliament elections in the Midlands North West constituency.
Mark, whose family are well known in the local business community, is also a former Senator have been nominated by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny in February 2010 following the resignation of Déirdre de Búrca.