Galway East Deputy and Leas-Cheann Comhairle Michael P Kitt has announced his intention to retire from politics at the next general election.
The Castleblakeney native has confirmed that he will not contest the forthcoming selection convention for Fianna Fáil in Galway East.
Deputy Kitt was first elected to the Dáil in 1975. In total he has contested a by-election and eleven general elections throughout his long political career. He has served as Minister of State in three Departments and is now the Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann.
Deputy Kitt commented, “I wish to thank the people of Galway East for their immense support over the past 40 years. It has been a privilege to represent the constituency in Dáil Éireann and work on behalf of communities across County Galway. I also want to thank the Fianna Fáil organisation for their great support and assistance throughout my career.”
Party Leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Deputy Kitt.
“Micheál Kitt has been a highly valuable member of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party, the Fianna Fáil organisation in Galway East and the wider organisation for four decades now,” said Deputy Martin.
“He has been a distinguished and dedicated representative for the people of Co Galway and has worked diligently on behalf of communities across the county. He has also played an important role in shaping Fianna Fáil policy throughout the years. I want to wish Micheál a happy and healthy retirement, and I look forward to his continued involvement in the organisation.”