Former Housing Minister Eogan Murphy returns to a new political role.
The former Fine Gael member from Dublin Bay South, who resigned last month, has stepped up again as an electoral observer in Armenia.
It is a temporary position that coincides with the holding of early elections in the former Russian republic next month.
There he will continue as chair of the monitoring team of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) until the post-election period.
The OSCE often plays this role in countries where there are concerns about the credibility of elections.
Former politicians are popular choices for jobs and many Irish parliamentarians have represented the OSCE in the past.
Mr. Murphy is the main member of an 11-person team that will monitor matters until the elections on June 20, and for two months after that.
It is normal for OSCE Teams to receive fees and expenses during their stay.
Mr. Murphy was photographed presiding over a press conference announcing the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Yerevan, capital of Armenia, yesterday.
Murphy’s decision to resign from Irish politics led to a by-election in the Dublin Bay South district, which is expected this summer.
Mr. Murphy has worked in Dáil since 2011 as Secretary of State and Minister of Cabinet,
He wrote to Ceann Comhairle to officially confirm his resignation.
He said that resigning from his position was a “personal decision” and that he would start a career in international development.
Before entering Leinster House, Murphy was elected as a Dublin City Councilor in 2009 for the Pembroke-Rathmines.
Murphy said last month: “It has been a huge concession to serve the Dublin Bay South circuit, first as a consultant and then as a member of TD.”
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