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On his Eoghan Former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy resigns as Fine Gael TD for international affairs career

Leaving frontline politics is not something that I am doing without having considered the matter fully."

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Former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy resigned his seat as a TD today. Photo: Arthur Carron.

Former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy resigned his seat as a TD today. Photo: Arthur Carron.

Former Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy resigned his seat as a TD today. Photo: Arthur Carron.

Former Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has today resigned his seat as a TD for Dublin Bay South.

The Fine Gael politician, who has served in the Dáil since 2011 as a TD, Minister of State and as a Cabinet Minister, wrote to the Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil this morning to confirm his resignation.

Prior to entering Leinster House, he was elected a Dublin city councillor in 2009 for the Pembroke-Rathmines constituency.

Mr Murphy said it has been “a huge privilege to serve the Dublin Bay South constituency” first as a councillor and then as a TD.

He said it was “a personal decision” to resign his seat.

“I have resigned my seat today, not to leave politics entirely, but to pursue a career in the area of international cooperation, human rights and democracy.

“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,” Mr Murphy said.

Mr Murphy thanked his former Fine Gael colleagues as well as all in the Oireachtas, Government departments, in Dublin City Council and “numerous other agencies and bodies who serve the Irish people so well”.

“It has been an honour and I wish you all every success in the future.

“I finally want to thank all in my constituency who put their faith in me so many years ago and have stood by me ever since. I will be eternally grateful.”

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