INDEPENDENT Councillor Dessie Shiels has announced his resignation from the local authority.
The move brings to an end a five year spell representing the Letterkenny Municipal District.
He will be replaced by Letterkenny man Eugene Gallagher.
Announcing his resignation this morning, the solicitor said, “I wish to confirm my resignation from Donegal County Council effective from Friday March 1.
“I wish to greatly thank everyone who campaigned and voted for me to be elected in 2014 but other commitments mean that I will not be seeking re-election in May
“I have nominated Letterkenny’s Mr Eugene Gallagher as my replacement on Donegal County Council for co-option in the normal way as an independent public representative for the Letterkenny electoral area at the upcoming March meeting of the County Council.
“I have every confidence that Eugene will be an excellent public representative and make his mark with Donegal County Council for many years to come. Eugene’s character, life experience and way with people make him an ideal replacement for me and I am sure he will be elected on his own right as a very popular candidate in the May County Council election and I wish him every success.”