Eamonn Maloney has resigned from the Labour Party this afternoon.
The Dublin South West TD has announced he will run as an independent in the general election.
He said the decision was partly due to differences over policy and Labour's decision to run two candidates in Dublin South West.
“Following discussions with my supporters, I have decided to contest the General Election as an Independent candidate,” he explained in a statement.
“In July, I expressed the view to the Party that running two candidates in the forthcoming General Election would result in the Labour Party having no TD in our Constituency.
“I withdrew my nomination from the Party’s Selection Convention when the Party decided to adopt a two candidate strategy.
“I will continue to campaign on the important social issues that affect peoples’ everyday life.”
Maloney is the seventh sitting Labour TD to rule himself out of running for the party in the next general election.