Salaries of top IFA staff worth €2.1m
New director general will get €185k as president is paid €120k - plus Audi
The top 20 salaries at the Irish Farmers Association come to a combined total of more than €2m, new figures reveal.
New IFA director general Damian McDonald will be paid a salary of €185,000 while president Joe Healy is being paid €120,000 a year, it was confirmed - a year on from the pay scandal that rocked the lobby group.
It also emerged that three key executives in the IFA - assistant general secretary Bryan Barry, director of organisation James Kelly and financial controller Ken Heade - are sharing a joint total of more than €481,000. With employer pension contributions, the amount comes to €591,651.
The figures show the next 15 members of IFA staff after executive management earn an average of €103,912, excluding pension contributions, or €1.558m.
The full figures reveal that the wages of the top 20 staff are costing the association €2.1m, excluding pensions.
A wages bill for replacement farm workers of key staff adds another €238,805.
Almost 12 months to the day after its former general secretary Pat Smith resigned, the IFA yesterday ratified Mr McDonald as its director general.
Horse Sport Ireland chief executive Mr McDonald will begin the new role in the new year and he will pick up a salary of €185,000 together with employer pension contributions of 15pc and a company car.