THE former Minister for Defence, Willie O'Dea, has broken his silence for the first time following his resignation from the Cabinet.
Speaking during an impromptu press conference outside South's Bar on O'Connell Avenue Deputy O'Dea spoke of the stress he has been under in recent days.
"It has been absolutely incredibly tough. Not Only the last 24 hours but the last ten has been an enormous strain on myself and my family. Nobody who hasn't gone through this can realise how stressful it has been and it is something I 'll take to my grave, it is something I certainly wouldn't want to go through again," he said.
The Limerick East TD said he had yet to make a decision about his future but he said there had been a groundswell of support in Limerick following his decision to resign.
"There are very few positives for me in this whole scenario obviously. The one positive I think is the huge groundswell of support I have got from the people here in Limerick - my constitents, my friends, my canvassers, my supporters and that has been very very heartening indeed"
The former minister said he made his decision to resign after he was told by Taoiseach, Brian Cowen that the Green Party were no longer will to support the Government if he remained in office.
However, he said he does not hold any anamosity towards anybody following this week's dramatic developments at Leinster House.