ICSA treasurer appeals against group expulsion
The treasurer of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) has lodged an appeal against a decision to expel him from the organisation due to his links with a right-wing political party.
James Reynolds, who has been the national treasurer of the farm organisation for the last year, was allegedly removed from the association at a managerial committee meeting which was held last month.
It is understood the decision was reached due to Mr Reynolds' role as deputy president of The National Party - a recently formed conservative entity that opposes abortion, immigration and multiculturalism.
Despite the controversy, Mr Reynolds attended the ICSA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at The Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, last night.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Reynolds confirmed he has lodged an appeal against the decision and said he is "confident" that he will remain as treasurer.
"I'm very confident of the outcome.
"The national executive elected me and it is only the national executive that have the power to remove me," he said.
"The situation doesn't make any sense. The party I'm involved with is not a mainstream party so this issue should never have arisen, I'm being unfairly targeted."
The ICSA declined to comment on the issue.