Long-serving councillor steps down

John Beirne (pictured holding the scissors) during his early years as a councillor stages a marathon hair-cutting session on the town hall steps in the 1990s
John Beirne (pictured holding the scissors) during his early years as a councillor stages a marathon hair-cutting session on the town hall steps in the 1990s
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ST Helens Town Hall will be a quieter place tomorrow after the councillor once described as “the mouthpiece of St Helens” steps down.

Long-serving councillor John Beirne, the former Mayor and one of the most colourful and outspoken elected members, has decided to step down as a councillor after 22 years.

Coun Beirne was first elected to the old Marshalls Cross ward before boundary changes switched him to the town centre.

He cited his time as Mayor of St Helens and meeting HM The Queen as his highlights and the death of his sister, Kathleen Brown, as his lowest point.

He also pointed to his involvement in campaigns as being among his most vivid memories.

Coun Beirne once slept outside the Parkside Pit, joined a candlelit vigil to oppose ward closures at St Helens Hospital and launched anti toxic waste and buy local campaigns.

Coun Beirne said: “I will continue to help people - that will never change. And if anything happens that I don’t agree with then expect my campaigns to continue.

“I’ve met some great people and made some lovely friends during my time as a councillor and my decision not to seek re-election was because one of my family members is unwell.

“I enjoyed my time at the Town Hall though. No doubt it will be a bit quieter without me!”

He added: “I’ve always believed that local politics should be about local issues. Thank you to everyone who has helped me during my time as a councillor.”