Galway East TD Sean Canney is resigning as Assistant Government Chief Whip.

Following his decision last Friday to leave the Independent Alliance, the Tuam-based TD has confirmed this afternoon that he has informed the Taoiseach of his decision to resign from the position of Assistant Chief Whip.

Deputy Canney says this is his own personal decision, and both decisions have been based on principle, not position.

He says the issue of Assistant Government Chief Whip has become a distraction from his main priority, which is serving in the interests of his constituents.

The role saw Mr Canney get a 15,000 euro top up to his salary which he will now forego.

Deputy Canney says he will continue to support the Government on budgetary and confidence issues, as it’s important that we maintain a stable Government.


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