FF's Mary Wallace will not contest electionSaturday 08 January 2011 22.06
Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East Mary Wallace has announced that she will not be contesting the next General Election.
Ms Wallace has served a councillor and a TD in the area for nearly 30 years.
She said: 'Having laboured extensively over this very difficult decision, I can honestly say that I now feel somewhat relieved.
'While I can look back over 30 years of public service with great pride, I am also really looking forward to new challenges and to opening a new chapter in my life.
'This is a great community and a great country and I look forward to the future with optimism and confidence.'
Taoiseach Brian Cowen said Ms Wallace 'has had a long and distinguished career in which she has been a very hard-working and productive representative for the people of Meath'.
He added: 'She has been a very active local politician and she has a well deserved reputation for delivering for her constituents.'
Ms Wallace is the latest in a number of Fianna Fáil TDs who have said they will not be standing in the next election.