I was saddned to hear the news that long standing Sinn Féin Councillor Christy Burke has decided to leave the party just days after he was re-elected with the help and support of that party.
Christy's reasons for leaving will soon become clear but he has suggested that he wasn't given enough support during the election.
I have no intention of washing internal party dirty linen in public so I will say only two things.
Firstly I would like to thank Christy Burke for all his hard work and wish him all the best in the future.
I would also like to echo the call from Aengus Ó Snodaigh and call on Christy to give back the seat to Sinn Féin, a party who have just got him re-elected.