Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD and local Deputy Niall Collins have paid tribute to Cllr Eddie Wade following his decision to retire from politics at next May’s local elections.
“It is with regret that I learned of Cllr Eddie Wade’s retirement from active politics,” said Deputy Martin.
“Eddie epitomised all that is good in a local politician. He was a tireless worker for his local community in Castleconnell and the energy and enthusiasm he displayed in helping people was admirable.
“Eddie is also a strong supporter of the GAA in Limerick and his voluntary work both for South Liberties and the Limerick County Board is well known in his local community and is very much appreciated.
“Eddie’s retirement as a Councillor will be deeply felt by Fianna Fáil in Limerick but I hope he continues to serve the party in some capacity in the future.”
Limerick Deputy Niall Collins added: “I want to wish Eddie all the best in his retirement. This is a personal decision which we all very much respect. Eddie has been an outstanding public representative for over 35 years, representing the people of Limerick in Dáil Éireann and Limerick County Council, and indeed serving a Chairman on a number of occasions,” said Deputy Collins.
“During this time Eddie was a great advocate for all in our community both young and elderly. He also used his role as public representative to help promote sport and Gaelic games across Limerick and beyond.
“There is no doubt that in electoral terms the retirement of Eddie will be a loss to us within Fianna Fáil however we know that Eddie will use his immense influence with the public to help secure the election of other Fianna Fail candidates.
“On a personal level I would like to thank Eddie for all his assistance and advice to me during my time working with him in Limerick County Council and in the Dáil. We in Fianna Fail look forward to Eddie continuing to play an active role within the organisation.”