Saturday 25 February 2017

Reconnecting our farmers with IFA is a huge challenge, says new president

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

Joe Healy with wife Margaret, and daughters Kiara (13), left, Nicole (15), right, and Anna (11). Photo: RollingNews.ie
Joe Healy with wife Margaret, and daughters Kiara (13), left, Nicole (15), right, and Anna (11). Photo: RollingNews.ie
Joe Healy, from Galway celebrates after he was announced as the new president of the Irish Farmers Association. Photo: Damien Eagers

The celebrations were short-lived for the new Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) president, who was facing a full diary before he had even stepped into his office at the IFA's HQ in Dublin's Bluebell.

Galway dairy and cattle farmer Joe Healy (49), a father-of-three, has already acknowledged both the challenges facing agriculture and the task ahead in rebuilding the organisation following the pay controversy.

"One of the biggest challenges will be the trade deals and the absolute need to safeguard European agriculture in any trade deal. We can't be the sacrificial lamb," he said.

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