Farmers 'will want to know' who in IFA is paid more than €100k
There are calls for further transparency in Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) salaries after it was revealed that senior staff were getting more than €100,000 on average.
Salary figures released by the IFA on Wednesday showed president Joe Healy is being paid €120,000 and has a company car, an Audi A6, as part of his remuneration.
Damian McDonald will take up the director general role in the new year and he will be paid a salary of €185,000.
The director general post came about after general secretary Pat Smith resigned in November 2015 amid speculation about his pay. It emerged he was paid €535,000 in 2013.
But the latest figures from the IFA showed that 15 members of staff were receiving an average €103,912 per year.
However, there was no breakdown given of figures paid to each individual included in that 15. A source close to the executive council told the Irish Independent that grassroots farmers will want to know how much each of these staff members are being paid.
"You're lumping the whole lot in as an average," the source said. "When they [the grassroots] see it, they're going to ask questions, rumours and speculation is going to start to fly."
In a response to a request for a further breakdown of figures, the IFA said it will not provide more than what was released.