Former Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy has left his job in the European Commission after less than 12 months in the role.
He resigned as a TD in December 2019 to take up the position with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, whose brief holds responsibility for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
The Fine Gael TD and former Lord Mayor of Cork city became embroiled in controversy last year over time spent in Europe while continuing to act as a TD in the Dáil.
Mr Murphy took up a paid position as the European People’s Party’s director of elections in 2017 and had one of the lowest attendance records in the Dáil in his last two years as a TD. However he continued to claim full allowances and expenses for the role.
In a statement to The Echo, Dara Murphy said he has left the Commissioners cabinet and “will leave the directorate (research and innovation) at the end of September to take up a new opportunity”
He declined to mention what his new role would entail.
“I wish Commissioner Gabriel the very best for the future," Mr Murphy said.
"I very much enjoyed working with her through the European Election campaign and especially during the initial year of her hearings and important portfolio.”
In a statement Commissioner Ms Gabriel said: “By mutual agreement Dara Murphy has left my Cabinet. I am very grateful for his contribution from the beginning of the mandate.
“I wish Dara all the best for the future.”