Cllr McCartin will not seek reelection in Leitrim

For the first time in more than 50 years, the McCartin name will not be on a ballot paper in Leitrim for this May’s local elections.

It’s after sitting Fine Gael Councillor John McCartin confirmed he will not be running for reelection, having been a councillor for the past 10 years

In the past, the Newtowngore, Ballinamore businessman had been tipped as a possible TD.

Cllr McCartin says he is not leaving politics behind.

But, speaking to Ocean FM reporter Harry Keaney, he accepted his decision not to run marks a break in what has been long political service by members of the McCartan family.