Following my decision last Friday to leave the Independent Alliance, I am now confirming that I have informed the Taoiseach that I will be resigning my position as Assistant Government Chief Whip.
This is my own personal decision. Both decisions have been based on principle, not position.
The issue of the Assistant Government Chief Whip has become a distraction from my main priority, which has always been to serve the interests of the people of Galway East.
I will continue to support the Government on budgetary and confidence issues.
It is important that we maintain a stable Government, when we have so many pressing matters, nationally and locally.