Macra presidential race nears end
A close finish is expected when the votes in the Macra na Feirme presidential election are counted today -- and the announcement of the president elect for the next two years will be made this afternoon.
The contenders for the position are Carlow's outgoing Leinster vice-president, Thomas Dolan, full-time Cork dairy, beef and tillage farmer Alan Jagoe and the outgoing national chairman of Macra Dara Kavanagh, Co Wicklow.
Tommy Moyles, Cork, has been unopposed for the Munster vice-presidency. In the west, Sligo barrister Kieran O'Dowd is up against industrial manager John Kenny for the regional post, and the contest in Leinster is between William Holohan, a Kilkenny farmer and training officer, and Patricia McKenna, Meath.
Meanwhile, Macra has opened its annual Young Farmer of the Year competition for applications.
With a prize fund of €10,000, nominations are being sought for farmers under 35 who are actively running a farm by May 6.