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Browne Calls It A Day

John Paul BrowneJohn Paul Browne

Local Fine Gael councillor, JP Browne has confirmed that he has decided to relinquish his council seat, due to time pressure associated with his work commitments. Browne, who is a Barrister by
trade spoke to the County Leader about his surprising decision to quit politics.
He said that despite happy times serving on the Council, the decision to step down was the correct one. “Regrettably, I am announcing that I am leaving my position as local representative with Fingal County Council. This decision was not taken lightly and has caused many a sleepless night. The decision is primarily due to upcoming work commitments.”
“I have put everything into my council work and was immensely proud to represent my community at council level. I really loved my time with Fingal County Council, working with so many local groups and organisations. I would like to thank all the staff, and all those who supported me, for their encouragement and assistance,” he said.
“I have informed the Chief Executive and work is already underway with the local Fine Gael branch to have my replacement in situ as soon as possible after the summer break. Thank you for this opportunity, it has been a wonderful experience,” he concluded.
Former Fine Gael councillor, Tom O’Leary, who was overlooked by the party in favour of Browne at the last local elections, praised the contribution Browne made, while confirming that his own name will be in the hat as his replacement.
He told the County Leader, “I want to wish John Paul Browne all the best in his future career as a Barrister and I have always found him to be a very nice man and he will be a loss to Fine Gael as a councillor.”
“I know his extended family very well and they must be proud of him succeeding in getting elected as a councillor. Its takes courage to put yourself forward into the public arena in politics and i commend John Paul for doing that.,” said O’Leary
“It is my intention to contest the Fine Gael convention. I have a lot of political experience with seven years working in the Dail and five years on Fingal County Council.
“I have the time now to give the task of serving the people in the Balbriggan ward, including Skerries, Lusk, Rush and the rural areas my full time attention. I will be offering myself as a full time councillor resident in Skerries,” he confirmed.
Local Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell thanked John Paul Browne for his service following his decision to step down from Fingal County Council.
“I would like to thank John Paul Browne for his service over the last two years as a member of Fingal County Council. John Paul provided a very strong voice for Skerries, Balbriggan, Rush, Lusk and the greater North County in the Council chamber.
“I am sure that John Paul will certainly be missed in the Council chamber, and as a local Fine Gael representative, but I would like to wish him the very best with his future endeavours.”