Calls for new IFA pay probe
Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30
Further calls for more information on IFA pay levels before 2009 were aired at the association's recent presidential debate in Meath.
The pay packages for the long-serving general secretary Michael Berkery, past presidents and staff being paid more than €50,000 per year were demanded by local farmers who said that the Con Lucey report did not go far enough.
During the scandal that rocked the organisation late last year, the IFA admitted that there was a "cost saving" when Pat Smith replaced Mr Berkery as general secretary of the IFA.
All three presidential candidates have opened the door to another probe to go further back into the IFA's accounts.
"Nothing is off-limits regarding transparency and money - and I mean nothing," said Henry Burns, who insisted that nobody left in the IFA had anything to fear by the truth coming out.
Kerry's Flor McCarthy said that "full disclosure" would be required, while Joe Healy said that he wanted "everything out in the open".
"The last thing that I want is different revelations coming out in one or two years time," he told the meeting.
The candidates promises came in the same week that the IFA revealed that it's €4.7m levy income had fallen by 12pc, or €560,000. But the candidates had mixed opinions about the alternatives for the lobby group.