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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Corkman elected 36th President of Macra na Feirme

James Healy, Donoughmore Macra na Feirme, with his partner Marie Murphy (second from right) and sisters Mairead and Ethal Healy. Picture by John Delea.
James Healy, Donoughmore Macra na Feirme, with his partner Marie Murphy (second from right) and sisters Mairead and Ethal Healy. Picture by John Delea.

Clare Mc Cormack

Corkman James Healy has been elected the 36th President of Macra na Feirme.

Corkman James Healy has been elected the 36th national president of Macra na Feirme in a substantial victory at the Irish Farm Centre yesterday.

Mr Healy, 31, from Kilmartin, Donoughmore, claimed 91 votes out of a total poll of 151, while challenger, Odile Evans, from Wicklow, garnered 60 votes.

After weeks of tough campaigning, Mr Healy, who is an associate member on Macra’s national council, former Cork county chairman and founding member of Donoughmore club, said he is “elated and relieved”.

“It’s been a hard fought campaign, coming into the last week you just want it to be over but I’m overjoyed and honoured to have been elected”.

“I firmly believe my overall rounded experiences provide me with the key skills and attributes to serve as Macra President and to help ensure our team works to the best of its abilities for the betterment of the organisation.

 “I look forward to serving members and moving the organisation forward for what is sure to be a challenging couple of years, particularly with the impact of Brexit,” said Mr Healy offering commiserations to Ms Evans who he described as a “quality candidate”.

Boosting membership will be crucial to his two year term as national president of the voluntary rural youth organisation.

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“It all boils down to participation. If you have strong rural youth participation that spreads through the whole organisation and through farming to bring about changes on the ground,” he said.

Speaking after the results, current national president, Sean Finan, who presided over the election said: “I would like to congratulate all the candidates on their energetic campaigns. This was a great election, highlighting the best of Macra in terms of leadership, debate and enthusiasm”.

James Healy, President elect of Macra na Feirme, pictured following yesterday's count at the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin.
James Healy, President elect of Macra na Feirme, pictured following yesterday's count at the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin.

Results were also announced in the vice-presidential elections for Macra’s three regions, Munster, Leinster and the North West.

Sharon Corcoran from Three Lakes Macra in Mayo claimed the North-West race, Cara O’Mahony of Naas Macra in Kildare was elected as Leinster Vice-President and Tom O’Donoghue of Cappoquin, Co Waterford is the new Munster Vice-President.

The three new vice-presidents will take up their positions alongside president-elect, James Healy, at Macra's AGM in Leitrim on May 6, 2017.

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