Bluebell jumps to defence of Bryan
In response to Mr Dillon's comments, an IFA statement said John Bryan had successfully tackled many issues across all sectors in his first year as president of the IFA, despite the most difficult economic conditions in decades.
It read: "He has led from the front in delivering the new AEOS scheme, an important package for sheep farmers, significant improvements in the Nitrates regulations, new farm investment schemes, substantial animal health savings on brucellosis, TB and BSE testing and the restoration of farm women's pensions."
"IFA price campaigns across all commodities -- dairy, sheep, beef and grain -- have maximised market returns and improved incomes for farmers this year. Live exports are heading for record levels, approaching 350,000hd this year, and mart and factory prices are up.
"John Bryan has challenged retailers' share of the consumer price and is demanding equity for farmers in the food supply chain. Currently, he (Mr Bryan) is pressing the Government hard on getting single farm payments, Disadvantage Area and REPS payments out to farmers.
"John Bryan has launched the most intensive campaign to defend Ireland's national envelope and the single farm payment in the CAP 2013 negotiations, as well as leading the fight against South American beef imports in Mercosur," added the statement.
"The IFA organisation, from branch to national level, is engaged in a major lobbying campaign of TDs, senators and cabinet ministers in advance of Budget 2011. [The] IFA is demanding adequate funding for vital farm schemes and maintenance of tax incentives
"[The] IFA will stay focused on delivering the best possible results on the issues that matter to farmers."