A sitting TD has unexpectedly pulled out of the General Election.
Independent TD Tom Fleming had been seeking re-election in the newly combined Kerry constituency.
But Radio Kerry this evening reports that the TD has pulled out because he feels he is "lagging behind" in the northern half of the constituency.
Deputy Fleming was elected to the Dáil at the last election in 2011. Previous to that , he had run on a Fianna Fáil ticket in 2002 and 2007.
He left Fianna Fáil to run as an Independent when he failed to secure the FF nomination.