Forget the Aras, it's also election time at the ICMSA and the ICSA
Published 11/10/2011 | 05:00
Presidential election fever is set to grip farmers over the coming weeks, and it is not the Aras that will be solely occupying their minds as council members decide who will be next to lead the ICMSA and ICSA.
ICMSA president Jackie Cahill completes his maximum six year term at the end of November, while his counterpart ICSA, president Gabriel Gilmartin, is facing a challenge to his leadership after serving two years in office.
Kilkenny dairy farmer Tommy Cooke, who has held many senior positions in the ICMSA and was widely speculated upon as the likely next president, has confirmed that he will not be running for the position.
"I have been asked by a number of members to run but I am definitely out", he told the Farming Independent.
"Because of my family situation I could not give the time to the job that it would require. It is a full time job. I have just been appointed to the Teagasc Board and I will be devoting some time to that", he explained.
Cork dairy farmer Dominic Cronin, who recently stepped down as Chairman of the NDC is the only declared candidate in the election, but the focus is now on deputy president, John Comer from Co Mayo, who has confirmed that a decision on his candidature is "imminent".
The organisation has never had a president from the West. However, the odds are stacked against candidates from outside the Munster region with 42 of the 47 votes required to win the election based in counties Cork, Tipperary, Kerry and Waterford.
Nominations for the ICMSA presidency will not close for several weeks, with balloting of the 93 council members at their first meeting following the AGM in late November.