‘IFA is a happy organisation and those who aren’t happy can ask for their money back’
Almost 14 months to the day after its General Secretary resigned and a furore over salaries ensued, IFA President Joe Healy has declared that the IFA is a “happy organisation”.
Speaking at its AGM, nine months into the role, Healy said that his time in office has been busy and challenging, but praised the support he had received from IFA members and its Executive Council during that time.
“The support was like an injection of energy that you’d get from the members.”
At the 62nd AGM of the Association, Healy said that a lot had changed under his leadership, including the appointment of a new Director General Damian McDonald, who is due to take up the role from today.
He said that greater transparency was now part of the organisation, with individual payments to the President, Deputy President and Director General made known, while aggregate payments to other senior management, senior staff and Executive Council detailed.
He also said that income and expenditure was more transparent now than previously, while a huge amount of work had been done around governance within the organisation.
Healy also said that the collection of levies was ongoing with marts, meat factories and co-ops and IFA was receiving a positive response to this process.