Galway East TD Michael 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 Micheal Martin has paid tribute to Deputy Kitt.
“Micheal 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 Micheal a happy and healthy retirement, and I look forward to his continued involvement in the organisation.”
Galway East Fianna Fáil Deputy Colm Keaveney also paid tribute to his constituency and party colleague.
Deputy Keaveney said, “I have known Michael Kitt all of my adult life and I have always found him to be a true gentleman. He is an honest, hard-working and generous public representative who has remained utterly dedicated to representing the people of Galway East with dignity and respect. I have enjoyed working alongside him in the constituency and in the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party and I have learned a great deal from him.
“Throughout his four decades in public life, the best interests of Galway communities have remained a top priority for Michael Kitt. He is widely respected right across the county and his decision to retire will be met with sadness from many quarters. He will be sadly missed in public life in County Galway. I want to wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.”