Fine Gael's Barry Walsh resigns from the Executive Council
Fine Gael national executive member Barry Walsh has resigned in the wake of the controversy over his Twitter comments
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had earlier today said Mr Walsh should resign after it emerged he called senior female politicians derogatory names on social media.
Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell brought Mr Walsh's comments to the attention of the party on Wednesday night at a parliamentary party meeting.
A senior Fine Gael source confirmed this afternoon Mr Walsh has resigned from national executive with "immediate effect".
In a statement this afternoon, Fine Gael said:
"Fine Gael Executive Council Chairman Gerry O’Connell has today at 3.15pm received and accepted the resignation of Barry Walsh from Fine Gael’s Executive Council.
"The resignation takes effect immediately.
"There is no further comment from Fine Gael at this time."
The full text of Walsh's resignation letter to Fine Gael Executive Council Chairman Gerry O'Connell has also been released.
Mr Walsh wrote: "I look forward to this matter being considered by the Fine Gael Executive Council at its earliest convenience, and I am resigning without prejudice to any disciplinary investigation which may be undertaken by the party in relation to this matter.
"I won't be commenting publicly on this matter until that process has concluded."