Cllr. Michael Hourigan was first elected to Limerick City Council in 1999 and served as Mayor of Limerick in 2004-2005. He was party leader of Fine Gael on Limerick City Council from 2000 to 2008. He has been very active in the HSE, Limerick Civic Trust and a number of other community and business organisations in Limerick City.
Michael first joined Fine Gael in the 1960s and has worked at local level for the party ever since. He has held a range of officerships at local level including Chairman of the Arthur Griffith Branch of Fine Gael in Limerick.