Farm Ireland

Monday 19 February 2018

IFA pigs committee elects new Chairman

Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

The IFA pigs committee has elected a Limerick man to replace outgoing Chairman Pat O'Flaherty

The man to take over the role is Limerick pig farmer Tom Hogan, who farms near Killmallock with his son Niall. They run a piggery with 400 sows between them.

The election comes after O'Flaherty announced he was finished as Chairman at the end of this term this year. The pigs committee has had months of internal wrangling amid a number of attempts to remove O'Flaherty from the position by some committee members, including a walk out by some members of the committee at one meeting last year.

Those challenging O’Flaherty’s leadership at the time said his personal business interests were causing a conflict of interest for the Pigs Chairman.

However, IFA backed O'Flaherty as Chairman at the time and said he was doing an “excellent job” working hard in “representing pig farmers on all issues”.

O'Flaherty announced last month that the role would become vacant when when finished his four-year term at the end of this year. He said that while the industry had suffered many setbacks in pig prices and animal health, the pigs committee had achieved many positives.

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