FORMER Fine Gael TD for Cork North Central, Bernard Allen has thanked his many friends and supporters and especially his own family for the help and encouragement he received during a political career lasting more than 30 years.
Mr Allen made the comments at a Civic Reception held at Cork City Hall.
Elected to Cork Corporation in 1979, he was first elected as a TD in 1981 and held his seat at every subsequent election until his retirement prior to the 2011 General Election.
“I want to thank the city of Cork for this reception and the honour I feel in being here today. It has been a long journey for me in politics and I will always be grateful for the support the people of Cork have given me throughout my time in politics.