Sinn Fein’s Cllr, Alan Hand has stepped away from local politics with immediate effect, citing personal reasons for his decision.
Cllr Hand attended his last meeting in County Hall, last Monday, before his decision was made public later in the week.
“A lot of people have told me they are disappointed and would like to see me continue on, but it’s a very time consuming role,” Cllr Hand said.
“It was something I loved doing,” he added.
Elected to Portlaoise Town Council in June 2009, he was co-opted onto Laois County Council following the election of Brian Stanley to the Dail in 2011.
A Sinn Fein press statement, last Thursday announced his resignatio.
“We wish to notify constituents with regret that Cllr Alan Hand has stepped down from Portlaoise Town Council and Laois County Council with immediate effect.
In the statement, the Sinn Fein Party said he would continue to be a member of the party.
“Alan has worked hard as a public representative over the past 4 years. He has been, and will continue to be, a valued member of the party and will continue to support our efforts.”
Sinn Féin wil now have tol fill the two positions left vacant on both councils.
“We wish to thank Alan for his efforts and hard work in the past and wish him well for the future,” the Sinn Fein press statement concluded.