Anne plans to step down from pol­i­tics


Bray People - - News Focus - Paula BURNS

DE­SPITE BE­ING an­nounced as a can­di­date for next year’s lo­cal elec­tions, Bray Town and Wick­low County Coun­cil­lor, Anne Fer­ris, has con­firmed she will no longer be in the run­ning.

Fol­low­ing the re­cent sad death of her sis­ter, Cather­ine O’Sul­li­van, who had been fight­ing a bat­tle with can­cer, Cllr Fer­ris made the de­ci­sion to step down from pol­i­tics from next June.

‘There were so many things that my sis­ter wanted to do, which now she won’t have the chance to. I have many things I also want to do and I knew that if I spent an­other five years in lo­cal pol­i­tics I may never get around to do­ing those things,’ ex­plained Coun­cil­lor Fer­ris.

A pop­u­lar coun­cil­lor for 14 years, Cllr Fer­ris was twice elected to the chair of Bray Town Coun­cil and was the sec­ond only woman in the County Coun­cil’s his­tory to ever be elected to the chair of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Only a few weeks ago it was an­nounced that Cllr Fer­ris would be con­test­ing the next lo­cal elec­tions, how­ever, she says that fol­low­ing the pass­ing of her sis­ter she was be­ing ‘swept along with the process’ and found her­self in the run­ning.

‘I think on a lo­cal level I can’t go any fur­ther. My main high­lights have been my elec­tion to the chair but there have also been so many cam­paigns over the years which I have been very proud of be­ing in­volved in,’ said Cllr Fer­ris.

Be­ing able to help peo­ple on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis such as see­ing some­one in need of a house be­ing al­lo­cated one or some­body re­ceiv­ing the med­i­cal card, have been the most sat­is­fy­ing mo­ments for Cllr. Fer­ris.

‘There have been a cou­ple of low points like the loss of the two fire­fight­ers last year which had a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on the Bray Town Coun­cil­lors and in 1999 the pri­vati­sa­tion of the refuse which was some­thing we fought hard against. But the coastal pro­tec­tion scheme was a great achieve­ment and so will be the river pro­tec­tion scheme,’ ex­plained Cllr. Fer­ris.

The busy wife and mother is not only a lo­cal politi­cian but is also per­sonal as­sis­tant to to Deputy Liz McManus, PRO to the Bray Cham­ber of Com­merce, Di­rec­tor of the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre and is a mem­ber of the Boards of man­age­ment of sev­eral schools.

Come June, Cllr Fer­ris plans on mak­ing a head­start on the hun­dreds of books she has never had the chance to read and will be tak­ing a well-earned break.

‘I’m sure in the evening time I won’t know what to do with my­self but I am looking for­ward to hav­ing some spare time,’ ex­plained Cllr Fer­ris.

It won’t be de­cided un­til the New Year who will take Cllr Fer­ris’ place and run in next year’s lo­cal elec­tion along­side Cllr John Byrne, Ro­nan Mc Manus, Tracy O’Brien and Barry Nevin.

Coun­cil­lor Anne Fer­ris plans to leave pol­i­tics.

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