Statement from Arthur Morgan TD
I wish to make it known that I will not be seeking re-election to Leinster House as a TD for Louth at the next General Election.
I have served two terms now as a Sinn Féin TD for Louth. It has been a great honour to represent the people of this county and it has been a similarly great honour to represent the Sinn Féin party in Louth and Leinster House.
My decision not to seek re-election for a third time is something which would not have been a great secret within the party in Louth or at a National level.
When I took the decision to run for a Dáil seat in Louth I had to step out of the role I had played up to that point in a family business which goes back a very long way in County Louth. I would really like to go back into business.
I am very contented with my decision and the party organisation both nationally and here in Louth have fully accepted it.
I want to thank the Sinn Féin organisation in Louth – the membership, election workers and our excellent team of councillors for the support they have given me over the years. A special thanks to the electorate of County Louth for giving me the honour of representing them.
I will remain active within the party and intend to use the experience I gained as a TD for more than eight years to the benefit of Sinn Féin and the people of County Louth and I will be active and prominent in the campaign to ensure that a Sinn Féin TD is returned for this constituency at the next General Election.
On a personal note I would like to pay special tribute to my wife Marion without whose support and patience I would not be able to carry the important job as a public representative.
Arthur Morgan TD