Anne plans to step down from politics
CALLING TIME SISTER’S DEATH PUT LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE
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.