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Friday 2 December 2016

More pay revelations revealed by IFA

Published 16/11/2016 | 13:07

New IFA President Joe Healy pictured with Bryan Barry Acting Gen Sec and Richard Kennedy Deputy President. Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath
New IFA President Joe Healy pictured with Bryan Barry Acting Gen Sec and Richard Kennedy Deputy President. Picture Credit : Frank Mc Grath

The IFA has appointed a new Director General - Damian McDonald.

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Almost 12 months to the day after its former General Secretary Pat Smith resigned, the IFA has ratified Damian McDonald as its Director General, following an appointment process overseen by KPMG.

McDonald will take up the role in the New Year and he will be paid a salary of €185,000 and a pension with an employer contribution of 15pc and a company car.

IFA Director General Remuneration

  • €185,000 salary
  • 15% employer pension contribution
  • Health insurance
  • Company car

It was also revealed today that the IFA President Joe Healy is being paid €120,000 and has a company car (Audi A6) as part of his remuneration.

The IFA Director General post came about after its former General Secretary Pat Smith resigned on November 19, 2015. Smith was paid €535,000 in 2013.

IFA Top Salaries

The top 20 salaries in IFA are costing the Association €2.344m, figures released by the Association reveal.

The figures show that the wages of the top 20 staff at IFA are costing the Association €2.1m, excluding pensions. Further, a wages bill for replacement farm workers of key Council members adds another €238,805, bringing the extended wage bill of IFA to in excess of €2.583m.

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The three staff – Secretary (Bryan Barry); Director of Organisation (James Kelly); and Financial Controller (Ken Heade) earn a joint total of €481,290. With employer pension contribution this figure is €591,651.

The next 15 members of staff earn an average of €103,912, excluding pension contributions, or €1.558m.

McDonald

McDonald (44) is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Horse Sport Ireland, the Governing Body for the sport horse sector in Ireland. Prior to this he was CEO of Macra na Feirme from 2001 to 2007.

Damian McDonald, CEO Horsesport Ireland, is to take up the role of IFA Director General.
Damian McDonald, CEO Horsesport Ireland, is to take up the role of IFA Director General.

He previously worked for the IFA from 1999 to 2001 in the position of Livestock Services Manager where he worked in the areas of Direct Payments and Animal Health.

Damian grew up on a dairy, beef and pig farm in Crossabeg in Co. Wexford and currently lives in Stradbally, Co. Laois.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from UCD.

IFA President Joe Healy said he was delighted to welcome somebody of the calibre of Damian McDonald and he looked forward to working closely with him on the many issues of concern to farm families.

“The income crisis in the sector this year requires strong and committed work by IFA to improve incomes and conditions for farmers. We will work together on behalf of all farmers”.

Speaking after his appointment, Damian McDonald said: "Being from a farming background, I am very conscious of the responsibilities the position of Director General of the IFA brings with it. I am looking forward to working with the President, the Officers, the Executive Council, National Committees and IFA's staff team to progress the organisation and the issues affecting the farming community”.

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