Retiring Fine Gael councillor feels it is right time to step down

A Fine Gael councillor from north Kerry who is retiring at next year’s local elections said he feels it is the right time to quit local politics. Cllr Liam Purtill Ballylongford councillor Liam Purtill – who is 74 – announced his decision at the party’s selection convention for the Listowel Electoral Area last night. Liam Purtill was co-opted to Kerry County Council in 2003, replacing Jimmy Deenihan following the abolition of the dual mandate. He has held his seat ever since. His father Michael served one term on Kerry County Council in the 1950s. Speaking with Jerry O’Sullivan on Kerry Today, Liam Purtill said that politics is now a demanding and full-time job: [audio_player src=””]