Recently elected Donegal councillor Frank McBrearty has quit Fine Gael, less than two months after joining the party.
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh, speaking to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta today, said he was disappointed that Mr McBrearty has resigned.
"He's a hard working councillor and I wish him well in his role as a councillor in the time ahead," the minister said.
Mr McBrearty was one of six Fine Gael councillors elected to Donegal County Council last week.
There were very heated discussions within the Fine Gael group on the council this week, regarding power sharing agreements for the new council term.
Cllr McBrearty has declined to comment today, saying only that he will outline his grievances with the Fine Gael party in an interview with Raidió na Gaeltachta tomorrow.