Deputy Munster was first elected to the Dáil in 2016 and topped the poll the constituency in 2020.

Prior to this, she had spent 12 years on Louth County Council.

Her decision follows a similar choice made by FG’s Fergus O’Dowd who is also not seeking re-election.

Deputy Munster is spokesperson for media, tourism and sport and has previously held the transport and business briefs on behalf of Sinn Féin. She is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Joint Committee on Media, Sport, Tourism, the Arts and Culture.

Making the announcement on the Michael Reade show on LMFM this morning, Deputy Munster said this was a decision she had made a long time ago.

Deputy Munster released a statement following the announcement:

“It has been my honour and privilege to represent the people of my hometown Drogheda and County Louth in the Dáil since 2016, and I look forward to continuing to do so for the remainder of this Dáil term.

“I entered politics because I love Drogheda and I wanted to work for my community. I have always done my best to be a strong republican voice on behalf of the people of Drogheda. I am proud to have been able to represent the town and the wider constituency for the past twenty years.

“I will always reflect fondly on the fact that I was the first woman ever elected to this constituency. I also made history by receiving the highest vote of any TD ever elected here.

“It may sound like a political cliché but I truly and genuinely mean it when I say that the proudest day of my life was the day I was chosen by the people of this constituency to be their representative and to work on their behalf.

“From the very first day I was elected I’ve had the people Drogheda to the fore of my mind, whether it was on Louth County Council or in Dáil Éireann.

“I’ve spent my time as a representative raising issues for our town and county, and fighting the corner of those I’ve been so proud to represent.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local Sinn Féin organisation, old and new, past and present for their hard work and unwavering support over the years.

“It’s been my honour and privilege to work on behalf of the people of Louth and East Meath and I will continue to work hard on their behalf until this Dáil term comes to a close.

“I’m confident my replacement, whoever they may be, will have the same commitment to hard work and will continue to be a strong voice for the people of this constituency.”