Lochside Garage

McPhillips hints at a return to political stage

AFTER over 30 years in the business, forme MLA Richie McPhillips has called time on his insurance company in Newtownbutler.
RP McPhillips Insurance has been taken over by family-run BMG Insurance, who took over O’Keefe Insurance in the town earlier in the year, on September 1st.
“There’s a time and place for everything in life. This is now the time and place for me to move on to other things,” said the former MLA and councillor.
“I started off on November 2nd 1986 on my own in the town here, and thanks be to God the business has been good to me. I want to thank all the clients I’ve had over those years for their loyalty and for their buisness.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to deal with them. I want to thank family and friends for their support over the years as well, and those who worked along with me, some of whom for quite a long time.
“I have no sadness at the end of the day because I know I’m handing it over to a great family run business. I would be very confident that what people got here over the years, they’ll continue to get that kind of attention.
“I’d be very confident they will be looked after in the same personalised way that is necessary these days for any business.”
As for what’s next for Mr McPhillips, he insists he’s only semi-retiring, and hinted a foray back into the world of politics may be on the cards.
“I have other strings to my bow,” he said. “Who knows what the future holds in terms of the political field.”
While he said he’d be staying in the background for the upcoming council elections, stating they had four good candidates already in the running, he added: “I’m still involved and continue to be involved, and who knows what’s around the corner in terms of elections. If there’s one to be fought I would hope I’d get the opportunity.”

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