Critical week for IFA elections as race heats up
The race for the positions of deputy president and the four regional chairmen is set to intensify this week
Monaghan based, Nigel Renaghan, chairman of the IFA national poultry committee is the only 'definite' on the ballot paper.
Outgoing deputy president, Tim O'Leary is expected to break his silence on his intentions later today following a meeting of the Cork Central Executive last night.
IFA liquid milk chairman, Teddy Cashman, a son of former IFA President, Donal Cashman (Cork), has ruled himself out because of his commitment to other involvements including the chairmanship of the National Dairy Council.
The first votes in the election will be cast at Adare tomorrow night when former IFA dairy chairman, Richard Kennedy, competes for the Limerick Executive nomination for deputy president against Pallaskenry farmer, Donal O'Brien, who was outspoken on the recent pay controversy in the IFA.
Connacht regional chairman, Tom Turley is being challenged for the nomination from within his own county of Galway where Bertie Roche from Abbey, Galway, was also proposed and seconded at a Galway Executive meeting last week.
A ballot will be held when the executive meet on Thursday night.
Mayo County Executive were meeting last night with the nomination of a candidate on the agenda and county chairman, Padraic Joyce expected to be the favoured choice.