In 1997 he held the office of Lord Mayor of Cork.
In 1999 he topped the poll for Fianna Fail with 933 votes and in 2004 he increased his vote to 1,112 votes.
In 2007 his stood as an independent candidate in the Dáil election gaining a respectable 2,492 votes.
In 2009 he topped the poll as independent with 1,149.
In 2003 he received an award for bravery when he rescued two men from the river Lee. Cllr McCarthy heard cries for assistance as he left a meeting at Cork College of Commerce. He climbed down the river wall and held the two men afloat for 20 minutes.
May he Rest in Peace.
- 1st Post Election Poll: Sunday Business Post/Red C April 2011 (stephenspillane.com)