Former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has resigned his seat from the Dail.
The Fine Gael TD, who has served in the Dáil since 2011 wrote to the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil t to confirm his resignation. Prior to entering Leinster House, he was elected a Dublin city councillor in 2009 for the Pembroke-Rathmines constituency.
“It has been a huge privilege to serve the Dublin Bay South constituency, first as a councillor and then as a TD,” he said.
Mr Murphy said it was “a personal decision” to resign his seat.
“Leaving frontline politics is not something that I am doing without having considered the matter fully. In my late 20s, I worked in the UN system before I returned to Ireland to get involved alongside many other people looking to play their part in the national recovery at the time. And now, after 12 years of service and having reflected upon things, I have made the decision to return to international affairs.
“I have resigned my seat today, not to leave politics entirely, but to pursue a career in the area of international co-operation, human rights and democracy,” he explained.
Former Taoiseach and Tanaiste praised Mr Murphy for his service to the party and the country.