IFA leadership limbo as grassroots revolt
* Fresh demands for executive board to step down
* Farmers are cancelling memberships and mart levies
* No election for president likely until next spring
Published 02/12/2015 | 02:30
The IFA is facing a leadership limbo with elections for a new president not likely to take place until well into the New Year.
Under the IFA constitution, an election for a new president must be held within 60 days of the previous president's resignation.
However, an IFA source said: "It just would not be physically possible to have a sound election that wouldn't end up being legally challenged.
"There's a whole process where every branch has to be registered first. With most county officers holding out until the national executive meeting on December 15 to hear the recommendations of Con Lucey, it just won't be possible to hold elections until well after January 25," said the senior officer.
Pressure also continues to increase on the current IFA executive board with a number of counties supporting former president John Donnelly's call that the entire executive board should step down in the best interests of the association.
And concerns are mounting about a potential haemorrhage of funds from the IFA as farmers vent their anger at the association by cancelling their levies on sales at marts.
Carnew mart auctioneer David Quinn told the Farming Independent that only one of the 35 sellers at their midweek sale opted to continue paying their levies to the IFA.
"To be fair, that was a smaller sale, but even on Thursday there was probably a 25pc drop in the number of sellers that were willing to pay over their levies," said Mr Quinn. A number of marts contacted by us yesterday reported several dozen cancellations at the ringside during sales over the last week.