Updated: 10/01/17 : 05:12:00
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Cllr Sean MacManus to retire from council

Sinn Fein's Cllr Sean MacManus is to step down from Sligo County Council next month.

The long-serving councillor told yesterday's council meeting that he intends to bow out of local politics at the February meeting having served 23 years in public life.

He was first elected to Sligo Borough Council as a Sinn Fein representative in 1994 before becoming a county councillor in 1999.

In 2010, having failed to secure a national seat in five general elections since 1989 he declared that he would no longer represent his party in future general elections.

Cllr MacManus received over 5,000 first preference votes in the 2002 General Election in the Sligo/Leitrim constituency and has also contested the European elections in the Connaught/Ulster constituency.

A Cavan man by birth and a carpenter by trade, he served on the party's Ard Comhairle (National Executive) for many years and was National Chairperson of the party from 1984 to 1990 and was a member of Sinn Fein's negotiating team in meetings with British Cabinet ministers, including the then Prime Minister Tony Blair.

His son Chris MacManus a former Sligo Borough councillor did not contest the Local Elections in 2014 and unsuccessfully sought a Dáil seat earlier this year, is highly expected to be co-opted to take the county council's Sinn Fein seat.

His eldest son, Joseph, an IRA volunteer aged 21, was killed in a firefight against a UDR squad in Belleek, County Fermanagh in February 1992.