Sinn Fein Councillor who was missing for two weeks admits to feeling ''enormous pressure'' in statement to supporters

The Cork based Councillor is one of the youngest elected representatives in Ireland

A Cork based Sinn Féin Councillor who was not seen by friends since March 18, has said he is grateful to those who ''who have rallied around'' him. 

23-year-old Stephen Cunningham, who is one of the youngest elected Councillors in Ireland, returned home safely to his family last night. He had been enjoying the St Patrick's Day celebrations before going missing.

Since his re-appearance, the UCC Government student has issued an official statement, thanking those who supported him and addressing the 'enormous' levels of stress he had been experiencing lately. 

"Firstly, I would like to thank my family, friends, colleagues, and the wider public, for their expressions of support and concern.

"Over the last number of weeks, I have found myself feeling enormous pressure. It hasn't been easy.

"I am grateful for all those who have rallied around me.

"I am now spending time with my family. I need some space and I would sincerely appreciate that my need for privacy be respected.

"Again, my heartfelt thanks to everyone."