Executives should work 'solely for IFA' without side deals: review
Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30
Executive staff in the IFA should be working "only" for the farm body after the wide-ranging review highlighted how some staff also get paid by the IFA's separate telecoms firm.
However, the wide-ranging review from former chief economist Con Lucey found executive staff pay in the IFA remains "broadly in line" with salaries in the civil service taking into account factors such as regular night meetings and the workload. Yet there is a wide gap between those at the top and bottom of the ladder.
It comes after several members of the full-time management staff of the farm body called on deputy president Tim O'Leary to ensure the "confidentiality" of staff salaries.
The letter sent to Mr O'Leary raised concerns ahead of the review that pay of executive staff might be made public.
The staff members warned that the association may be "exposing itself to potential liabilities" including "constructive dismissal, breaches of confidentiality, data protection breaches and professional damages" if remuneration was revealed.
The letter was sent late last month from the director of livestock Kevin Kinsella; rural development executive Gerry Gunning; Oireachtas executive Elaine Farrell; dairy executive Catherine Lascurettes; grain executive Fintan Conway; press officer Niall Madigan; digital media officer Brigid Fitzgerald; environment executive Thomas Ryan; fresh produce development officer Patrick Farrell; director of organisation James Kelly; aquaculture executive Richie Flynn; forestry executive Geraldine O'Sullivan and animal health executive Tomas Bourke.
Mr Lucey pointed out there would be "confidentiality" issues in the employer revealing salaries, as he pointed out they broadly matched the civil service. "However, the spread between top and bottom is wider in the IFA," Mr Lucey found.
He recommended that staff should be working "only for IFA", after arrangements have emerged where staff provide services for businesses such as IFA Telecom and get oaid.