I will miss Northern Ireland, says US Consul General as he returns home
The American government's man in Northern Ireland has returned to the US after three years in post.
Dan Lawton took up duties as Consul General in Belfast in July 2015.
Yesterday he departed for the final time, catching a flight to Washington, but not before issuing a final farewell message, accompanied by a photograph of himself with his suitcase.
He posted on Twitter: "My family and I will miss Northern Ireland. Many thanks to all the people who welcomed us and who build bridges across this region and across the Atlantic."
Mr Lawton is taking up a new role as an office director at the US State Department dealing with the Balkans. It is understood his replacement in Northern Ireland will be in post in the autumn.
In an article before his departure, Mr Lawton said his biggest regret was that the DUP and Sinn Fein remained unable to reach agreement to form a devolved government.
Mr Lawton and his wife come from New York State and have two children.
He has served in cities such as Lima, Karachi and Mexico City.