Donal Conway has been re-elected as President of the Football Association of Ireland at its AGM in Co. Meath.
Conway, who was running unopposed, received 134 out of a possible 140 votes.
Sports Minister Shane Ross asked him to stand aside, but he has refused to do so. Five delegates voted against him and one abstained.
Mr Conway told the AGM that he intends to step down after a year and in the meantime wishes to help the new board restore confidence in the association.
He said: “If in the meantime, there were circumstances where it was the right thing for the association that I would step away, I would not hesitate to do that.
“The immediate task next week would be for myself and senior staff to sit down with the new football members to start passing on the knowledge.”
Vice president Noel Fitzroy, meanwhile, announced that he will not seek re-election to the position.
In an emotional speech, he said he was faced with no alternative but to withdraw from the process.