Countdown to election of new Macra na Feirme President
The count down to the election of the 36th National President of Macra na Feirme is under way in a head to head contest to select the successor to Sean Finnan, with the new president-elect to take up office at the organisation AGM on May 5.
A Co. Cork based Production Supervisor, James Healy, and a News Reporter from Wicklow, Odile Evans, have completed the countrywide hustings in vie for the votes of the 300 branches, with completed ballot papers to be returned by 1pm on Tuesday, April 4.
The results will be announced later that afternoon.
Odile Evans, who comes from Plattenstown, Arklow, and is a member of Johnstown/ Coolgreany Macra na Feirme Branch, holds an Honours Degree in Ag Science from UCD, and News Correspondent with the Irish Farmers Journa.
She is the outgoing Regional Vice-President and currently National Treasurer and a member of the National Executive of Macra na Feirme.
She is bidding to become the second ever woman elected national president in the 73 year history of the organisation, to follow in the footsteps of Catherine Buckley (Cork), now wife of Michael Gowing, (Laois) who is also a former holder of the office of president.
The couple have the distinction of being the only ever husband and wife, both to have held the office.
Odile is widely experienced internationally having been a delegate on the Minister for Agriculture’s Trade Mission to North Africa last November, the former recipient of a UCD Patrick Hogan Memorial Scholarship and engaged in Semester abroad in Kansas State University, she also engaged in building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Hungary, and is holder of a Gaisce Presidents Bronze Award.