Sunday 25 June 2017

IFA's top tier a thousand miles from the cornfield

'Farming looks easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield'
'Farming looks easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield'
Editorial

Editorial

The world of Irish farming is resilient and close, traits that enabled it to weather the worst the elements had to offer in recent days. But the storm that has engulfed the IFA over pay is one that will not blow over until there is radical change.

Rural communities have been rocked by the revelations of the salaries paid and a culture of secrecy at the top of an association with volunteerism at its heart.

Hearing that former general secretary Pat Smith was paid almost €3.5m during his seven-year tenure at the organisation when many farmers were living close to or beneath the poverty line will add to a sense of alienation.

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