Councillor Joe Murphy opts out ‘for personal reasons’

Fianna Fáil councillor Joe Murphy – who serves in the Boyle Municipal District – has announced that he will not be contesting the next local elections due to personal reasons.

Cllr Murphy, a former Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, said that he is announcing his decision with regret.

Cllr. Murphy revealed that his wife’s health is now his family’s priority.

“Sadly my wife Nicola has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, which is a progressive neurological condition which is acutely disabling and terminal. Our priority now as a family is to take care of each other and support our two sons through this difficult time while raising awareness of this terrible disease”.

Cllr. Murphy said it had been an honour and privilege to represent the Boyle local electoral area.

He said he has worked with wonderful people, including his Council colleagues and the local authority’s executive and staff.

He also thanked Fianna Fáil delegates for entrusting him with this important role, as well as his canvassers, Director of Elections Claire Hoare, and all who voted for him. He thanked his brother, Senator Eugene Murphy, for all his advice and guidance.

Cllr. Murphy said that it is his fervent hope that investment will be secured and rolled out throughout the coming months in towns such as Strokestown, and he pledged to continue to work progressively on that front until his term ends next year.

Wishing all candidates in next year’s elections the very best of luck, Cllr. Murphy said that when he was Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council (2021-2022) he had been privileged to meet many people, from local community groups to international dignitaries, all of whom held and shared the same purpose: to improve and develop solutions for the issues their local communities faced and to positively add to the lives of the people they served.

Concluding, he paid tribute to his family: “I have found that success in political life is very much down to the support system you have in place and I’ve been so lucky to have the most gracious support of my family… Nicola, Conor, and Oisín. Thank you for your unyielding love, support and guidance in helping me fulfil my ambitions”.