Full IFA elections as executive board caves in to pressure
The IFA is moving into election mode as the entire executive board has agreed to a full-scale vote for all positions pending a change in the rules amid mounting pressure.
The six-man board said it had agreed to allow a full round of fresh elections for all the national officer positions alongside the presidential election in the "best interests of the association".
A proposal will be put on the table at today's national council meeting to revert to two terms of two-years.
This would mean the current board - including deputy president Tim O'Leary, Munster regional chair James McCarthy, South Leinster chair James Murphy, Ulster/North Leinster chair Bert Stewart and Connacht chair Tom Turley- could put themselves forward for a second term. The position held by Jer Bergin of national treasurer is generally decided at the AGM.
The board's decision to go forward for elections comes after increased pressure in recent days with a number of county boards passing various motions calling for the entire board to go.
Richard Connell, chair of Cork West, said a county meeting on Saturday had demanded a full round of elections.
"There was a big call that the full board should step down and get a new mandate," he said.
It is expected that a protest due to be staged outside the association's headquarters in Dublin will not go ahead.