Limerick County Council this evening hosted a Civic Reception for Minister for Finance Michael Noonan in recognition of his achievements and his contribution to local and national politics.
The ceremony took place at Limerick County Hall in Dooradoyle and was attended by the Minister and members of his family.
Michael Noonan was elected to Limerick County Council at the Local Elections in 1974 and served as a Member for the Bruff Electoral Area until October 1983, having being re-elected at the Local Elections in 1979. He was appointed as Minister for Justice in December 1982 and remained as a Councillor until October 1983. Mr. Noonan was again elected to the Council as a Member for the Bruff Electoral Area at the Local Elections in 1991. He ceased to be a Member of the Council on his appointment as Minister for Health in December 1994.
During his time as a T.D., the native of Loughill has served as a Government Minister in numerous Departments, including Industry and Commerce, Energy, Justice, Health and Finance. He also was appointed leader of Fine Gael and Leader of the Opposition in 2001. Mr. Noonan was appointed Minister for Finance on 9 March 2011.
Speaking at today’s Civic Reception, Councillor Mary Harty, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said: “Throughout your career you have shown a tremendous commitment to your constituents, your party, the Government of the time and of course the people of Ireland. Striking a balance between these commitments has never been an issue for you due to your work ethic and acute sense of obligation to those whom you represent.”
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