IT'S EARLY days but rumours are already ciruclating about who will be the next president of the IFA, and the spotlight is beginning to shine on Carlow man Derek Deane.
The shortlist of runners for the next IFA presidential election is taking shape as potential candidates step up their grassroots' activities ahead of the December 2013 contest.
Deane will be one of the most experienced candidates to put their foot forward and was the defeated candidate in 2009 when he finished with 28 per cent of the vote against John Byran. Branch voting patterns indicate he scored strongly in every county bar Bryan's home base in Kilkenny.
'It is very early days, it's 15 months away but everything will start to happen from now onwards,' said Deane.
'There is no doubt that I would love it. I was the defeated candidate the last time around and I would have a very good chance.'
When asked what he will do differently this time around to secure the position he says jokingly 'look for more support'.
Deane, who is from Tombeagh, Hacketstown, campaigned the last time for small counties like Carlow to form alliances with other small counties, he was committed to promoting Irish agriculture and getting the message across to a wider audience that agriculture is a central driver of the economy.
Derek Deane with Tom O'Connor.