General Secretary of the Irish Farmers Association Pat Smith has stepped down from his position.

Speaking to the Irish Farmers Journal Mr Smith said: "The IFA is bigger than any one person. I have decided to put the best interests of the Association to the fore.

"It has been a great honour and privilege to work with IFA for the past 25 years.

"I want to wish IFA and the voluntary officers well and I would like to thank the dedicated staff for their loyalty and commitment during my time in IFA" he said.

Mr Smith's resignation follows controversy surrounding his pay. 

The Executive Council of the IFA is due to meet tomorrow to discuss Mr Smith's resignation.