The former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has resigned as a TD.
Murphy wrote to the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil this morning to confirm he's standing down from his position.
He's stepping aside after 12 years in Leinster House.
Today I have resigned my position as Teachta Dála for @FineGael. I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the past twelve years in my positions as Councillor, TD and Minister.
Full statement here -https://t.co/TvhVwMR75F
— Eoghan Murphy TD (@MurphyEoghan) April 27, 2021
However, Eoghan Murphy insists he will remain involved in politics to pursue a career in the area of international cooperation, human rights, and democracy.
In a letter to Fine Gael members in Dublin Bay South Murphy admitted his time as Housing Minister was the most challenging he faced during his career in politics.
Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar has paid tribute to Murphy, saying he took over the housing portfolio "at a most difficult time".
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) April 27, 2021
Murphy's decision to stand down as a TD sets up an intriguing by-election in Dublin Bay South.
The vote will likely be held towards the end of November.
Former TD Kate O'Connell is immediately emerging as a serious candidate.
Eyes will also be on the Green Party's Hazel Chu, who's a councilor in the area.
The constituency is also home to Green party leader Eamon Ryan.
*Reporting by Sean Defoe