Labour TD for Dublin South Central Mary Upton has just announced that she won't be contesting the next General Election.
Statement by Mary Upton TD...
"This afternoon I advised the Leader of the Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore TD, that I will not be seeking re-election as a Labour Party TD for Dublin South Central.
"It has been a great privilege and honour to serve the people of Dublin South Central as a Deputy for the past eleven years. I have greatly enjoyed my time in the Dail and it has been a very rewarding experience working with other members of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
"However, I believe that now is the right time for me to stand down and make way for others. The Labour Party is at its highest level ever in the opinion polls and I believe that Dublin South Central can return two Labour Party Deputies at the next election.
"I intend to continue to serve the people of Dublin South Central up the dissolution of the Dail and I will do all in my power during the election campaign to maximise the Labour Party vote in the constituency.
"I want to thank the voters of Dublin South Central for their support for me in the 1999 by-election and the two subsequent general elections. I particularly want to pay tribute to the Labour Party members in Dublin South Central for their support and assistance over the years."