EDDIE HOBBS has resigned as Renua president and has left the struggling party entirely.
Mr Hobbs , who founded Renua along with former minister Lucinda Creighton, says it it needs to reposition itself as a liberal democrat party.
Renua's future is in serious doubt.
The party has no Oireachtas representation after Lucinda Creighton, Billy Timmins, Terence Flanagan and senator Paul Bradford all lost their seats.
Offaly Councillor John Leahy remains a member of the party.
The Sunday Independent reported last month that there is a push from within the senior ranks of Renua to "shake off" all associations of being an orthodox or conservative Catholic political organisation.
It is hoped the rebrand will attract a new leader from outside the party who is currently a serving national politician.