Wednesday 26 April 2017

IFA cannot rebuild under the old guard after priceless trust has been squandered

Challenging though it will be, the IFA now has a duty to regroup and rebuild, but it cannot happen under the old guard (Stock image)
Challenging though it will be, the IFA now has a duty to regroup and rebuild, but it cannot happen under the old guard (Stock image)
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

People linked with failure in an organisation need to leave quickly. Otherwise, they hamstring the job - already a demanding one - of rebuilding trust after a company or group suffers significant reputational damage.

Which brings me to the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA). Nobody who knew about the general secretary's disproportionate remuneration package, or who was party to ignoring repeated calls for transparency over a 14-month period, can hope to retain their positions. They will only harm the IFA further by staying.

Transparency and accountability are not optional extras. They are what any membership is entitled to from those at the top.

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