Sinn Fein councillor Chris Curran has announced that he is stepping down from his position and will be retiring from politics.

“Since being elected, I have worked with tremendous councillors from all parties who commit their lives to you. Unfortunately, I have also worked with some utterly useless councillors,” Curran says.

“Last year, I announced I wasn’t running in the local elections in May. Earlier this year, I told Sinn Fein’s general secretary how I really felt about the party and it wasn’t liked.

“As the months rolled by, Sinn Fein failed to find a replacement for me.”

Curran says that after several party members came out in support of him, he decided to change his mind and stay with Sinn Fein.

However, a press release published by the party to its official website irked some “influential members,” who disapproved of him speaking out against the direction in which the party was heading, he says.

“Sinn Fein then held a meeting, which I was not invited to. This meeting was to decide my political fate.

“I accept the outcome of that meeting because I am outspoken. I do speak my mind. I did put constituents ahead of party policy, after all they elected me.

Curran says that he strongly considered running as an independent councillor in the upcoming local elections but eventually decided to step down completely. He cited health factors as his reason for doing so.

“Having looked at photos of me 5 years ago, when I was a lot healthier, I came to the realisation, once and for all, that politics is not a place for me.

“I want to thank all those people who supported me. The people of Sandyford, Carrickmines, Leopardstown and Stepaside for the opportunity to represent them.

“In particular, I want to thank the people of Ballyogan. You accepted me into your community. You left me with my proudest moment when we picked up a national community award together.”

Curran says that the passing of the same sex marriage referendum in 2015 was a moment of “liberation” and thanks the people “for the acceptance and freedom you granted me. For this, I will always be grateful.”

In a statement Sinn Fein said: “Chris had previously indicated his desire to stand down as a councillor at this election and as a party member.

“We thank Chris for his work over the past five years and we wish him well in the future. The party has now selected Shaun Tracey to stand in the area.”