ICSA chief faces battle to keep job
A leadership battle has erupted within the ICSA, with two senior members of the farmer organisation challenging current president Gabriel Gilmartin for the post.
ICSA officials confirmed that Marion Condren and John Flynn lodged nomination papers last Friday, sparking the leadership contest.
Mr Gilmartin was elected president two years ago and is entitled to remain in office for three two-year terms.
However, last Friday's events mean that he is now facing a bruising electoral battle to hold onto power within the drystock farmer body.
The two challengers are senior members of the organisation. Ms Condren hails from The Swan in Laois and is the national executive representative for the county. She was also the national treasurer for six years.
Mr Flynn, a native of Co Leitrim, is currently the Connacht/Ulster vice-president and was formerly the ICSA rural development chairman.
Ms Condren is viewed by ICSA sources as the more serious challenger of the two.
Her nomination papers were signed by Paul Brady, from Cavan, who is the current sheep chairman, and Dermot Kelliher, from west Cork, who is the suckler chairman.