I would like to pay tribute to my neighbour Deputy Mary Wallace on the announcement of her retirement from politics.
Mary has served the people of Ratoath for nearly 30 years and has particularly delivered for Ratoath in terms of educational provision. We have some of the best schools in the country thanks to her commitment and hard work in this area.
On a personal note, it is sad to see another woman leaving the political stage. Greater political involvement by women in decision making in Irish politics will help Ireland progress as a society. In an economic downturn it’s even more important that everyone is treated fairly, and to bolster the recovery we need to engage the talents and abilities of all women as well as men
As the only woman declared to contest the Meath East election, and also the only candidate living in the South Meath area I urge all of the constituents in South Meath to support me as we need to ensure we keep a local TD.