41 year old county Wexford TD Ivan Yates will not contest the next general election and plans to exit politics.
An official statement from Mr Yates is expected the next day. Fine Gael TD Ivan Yates topped the poll in Wexford in the last general election with more than 10,000 votes. It is thought that the former Minister for Agriculture is giving up politics to concentrate on his business.
Ivan Yates was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the age of 21 in 1981, the youngest ever elected TD.
RTÉ News travelled to Enniscorthy to get the reaction of some of his constituents to the news. One man describes the announcement as
Bad news for Enniscorthy
Fianna Fáil TD John Browne expressed his surprise at the news and said he will be disappointed to see Ivan Yates go.
An RTÉ News report by Damien Tiernan broadcast on 6 February 2001.