A Longford Westmeath TD says he is sorry to see Marc MacSharry leave the parliamentary party.
The Sligo-Leitrim TD resigned the party whip last night, shortly before a debate of no conference in Minister Simon Coveney was due to be heard in the Dail, and in which he voted against the government.
In a letter to the Taoiseach, Deputy MacSharry said Fianna Fáil positioning and policy is being determined in an undemocratic, totalitarian way.
He cited leaks from Cabinet, the Merrion-Gate controversy and the Katherine Zappone saga as some of the events leading to his resignation.
Robert Troy says the resignation was very disappointing: