Independent councillor Marie Casserly will contest next year's General Election The Sligo Champion can reveal.
Cllr Casserly, from Streedagh, has rebuffed approaches from political parties to remain an independent as is set to be a front runner for one of the four seats in the Sligo/North Leitrim constituency.
The married mother of five who was elected to the County Council last May, told The Sligo Champion:
"I have a long standing passion for community development and have been involved with and contributed to the success of a number of local community based initiatives.
"These projects would not have come to fruition without the efforts and contribution of local people with a similar vision.
"Together we know that can achieve so much even when it appears as though the tide is against us.
"This passion and belief in what people working together can achieve has and continues to be for me the impetus which drives me forward and which has encouraged me to run as an Independent candidate in the next general election.
"We need to invest in local infrastructure which will grow the local economy and bring in revenue to this region.
"I believe we need to focus on and build on the natural resources we have here in the north west,
"I want to focus on the development of infrastructures that will bring employment opportunities to the north west which is in my view one of the most beautiful parts of this country."
She says she has found being a councillor a hugely challenging experience but one which she has embraced fully.
Cllr Casserly will formally launch her campaign in Barry's of Grange on Sunday at 8pm.
Married to Mel, Cllr Casserly is a school teacher at St Mary's College, Ballisodare.