IFA general secretary Pat Smith resigns from role following grassroots pressure to reveal top salaries
THE general secretary of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has resigned from his role following concerns raised at regional meetings over salaries for top staff.
Pat Smith said he had decided to “put the best interests of the association” to the fore.
Mr Smith had held key roles within the IFA for over 25 years, including dealing with the fraught reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
IFA president Eddie Downey said the decision of Mr Smith to resign as general secretary was very regrettable and a loss to the association and to farmers.
Mr Smith said the IFA is “bigger than any one person”.
“It has been a great honour and privilege to work with IFA for the past 25 years,” he said.
The announcement of Mr Smith’s decision to retire followed a high-level meeting of the IFA executive council.
It comes after a proposal calling for the package of the general secretary to be disclosed to the national executive council was rejected before a heated council meeting.