Galvin elected IFA chairman in Limerick
A qualified civil engineer who opted for a career in full-time farming has been elected Limerick IFA chairman in the first election for the position in almost three decades.
Shay Galvin (44) from Croom defeated Donal O'Brien of Pallaskenry after an intensely fought election campaign.
Mr Galvin is the outgoing secretary of the county executive and a former member of the IFA's national grain committee.
The married father of three runs a beef and tillage operation with his brother John and his father, also John.
After his election, Mr Galvin told those in attendance at the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, that there was a need for the IFA "to be more proactive rather than reactive" in representing the interests of farmers.
Donal O'Brien committed his full support to the new county chairman and appealed to his supporters to do likewise.
"IFA is rising out of the ashes again and hopefully will be stronger than ever because it is our only hope for the future," he said.