Viewpoint: There's nothing 'sensational' about asking hard questions
Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30
There were two interesting soundbites on the radio waves over the weekend.
The first was Ornua chairman Aaron Forde's claim on local radio that the revelations about pay in the company last week were "sensationalised".
When asked in an interview on Ocean FM about the €9m shared by nine top Ornua executives over the last two years, Mr Forde said that "it is not the Wild West, people don't have their hand in the till taking this money".
He stressed that there was nothing for farmers to be concerned about because there was good governance within the organisation. He also referred to the fact that Ornua was such a large organisation - with 3,000 employees operating in 110 different markets around the world.
The next morning, former IFA president Eddie Downey was on the national airwaves defending his record in office.
"I'm very proud of my time in it," he said of his two years at the helm of the organisation.
He added that he felt obliged to resign for the good of the IFA, but added that "maybe a few more should've taken my lead".
But even more interesting was Mr Downey's assertion that he lost money during his time as president, despite payments totalling nearly €200,000 per year while he was in office.