Tuesday 17 January 2017

Darragh McCullough: Farmers are still in shock after 10 days of turmoil

Published 28/11/2015 | 02:30

Pat Smith
Pat Smith

The IFA has just endured the worst 10 days of its 60-year history. The drip-drip of revelations kept one of the most powerful organisations in the country constantly in the headlines, and ended up being a textbook example of why attempts by public bodies to circle the wagons backfire spectacularly in this era of 24-7 news cycles.

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By the end of the week, the internal squabbles were on show for everyone.

What was originally a story that only held interest for the farming community burst onto the national headlines when it emerged that the IFA's former general secretary, Pat Smith, earned pay of €535,000 in 2013.

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