Hatrick calls an end to political career
ONE OF Ardee's most popular councillors has announced his retirement from politics.
Leonard Hatrick has decided not to run in the upcoming local elections, declaring that after 15 years serving the local people the time has come to quit the political scene.
'I've suffered ill health in recent years and decided to retire,' he told the Mid Louth Independent.
The Labour Party stalwart is likely to be given a big farewell occasion, given his wonderful commitment to the population and the party.
'There have been a lot of highlights,' he admitted, but 2003 capped them all.
'I was chairperson when Ardee hosted a team in the Special Olympics and I made a speech at the Fair Green and a lot of the volunteers were there. It was a great and memorable event,' he stated.
'I've enjoyed every minute of my time in the council.'
Leonard has had a long association with the St Mary's Church of Ireland and is always willing to show people around the remarkable old church.
He has had two spells as chairman of the Town Council, 2001 and again in 2004-2005.