The President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association Patrick Kent has resigned, following a meeting of the organisation yesterday evening.
It comes after the Irish Independent revealed that Mr Kent had accepted being named on MEP candidate Mick Wallace's replacement list.
Patrick Kent announced his intention to step down from his position as leader of ICSA with immediate effect at a meeting of the association’s National Executive yesterday evening.
Mr Kent has held the position since 2014, having been re-elected twice during that time.
He had insisted he is "apolitical" despite being named by Independents 4 Change MEP candidate Mick Wallace on his replacement list.
Mr Wallace, who is running for an MEP seat in the South constituency, named Mr Kent in his list of five replacements in the event he is elected and later cannot fulfil the role.
Mr Kent, however, had said he is "not politically active and doesn’t believe he’s nailing his colours to any political mast.
He said the phone call from Mr Wallace had "come out of the blue" and he has only met the candidate three times.