Offaly TD Carol Nolan has told RTÉ News that she has handed in her letter of resignation to Sinn Féin.

Ms Nolan had been suspended from the party for three months for voting in the Dáil against holding the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Her suspension expires at the end of this month but she has decided to hand in her resignation.

At the weekend, Sinn Féin delegates voted to allow the Ard Comhairle to agree its position on legislation for abortion.