Healy pledges to give IFA members 'a new beginning'
IFA presidential candidate Joe Healy has pledged that, if elected, he will "drive change" in the association and provide farmers with "a new beginning".
Speaking at the launch of his campaign in Athenry last weekend, Mr Healy said the IFA payments scandal had "rocked" the association, and "totally undermined" farmer trust and confidence in the body.
"Members realise that the recent troubles were an internal issue. The difficulties were caused by a failure of the IFA's internal governance.
"We cannot allow this to happen again," said Mr Healy.
"We need a changed IFA. An IFA that is open, transparent and accessible to all."
Meanwhile, the election for IFA deputy president is shaping into a three candidate contest following hectic last minute activity over the weekend to secure the necessary support ahead of tomorrow's deadline.
Monaghan's Nigel Renaghan has lodged his completed nomination with the IFA, while former national dairy chair, Richard Kennedy from Limerick, and Kildare county chair Pat Farrell, confirmed that their completed nominations will be lodged ahead of the 5.30pm deadline on Wednesday.