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Saturday 25 November 2017

Joe Healy elected vice president of European farming organisation

IFA President Joe Healy
IFA President Joe Healy
FarmIreland Team

FarmIreland Team

IFA President Joe Healy was elected a Vice President of the European farm organisation, COPA this morning in Brussels.

Healy was elected as one of six Vice Presidents to serve with new COPA President Joachim Rukwied from the German Farmers' Association. He topped the poll among the seven candidates.

Speaking following his election, Joe Healy said he had sought the position to ensure a strong voice for Irish farmers at a time when a number of very important issues are live at European level.

"There are a number of crucial issues for Irish agriculture currently on the agenda, such as Brexit, the Mercosur trade deal and glyphosate licencing. I aim to work with our European colleagues to see farmers receive a fair share of retail prices.

"There are also medium term issues such as the review of the CAP and the increasing challenges arising from climate change. These are issues which will impact directly of the incomes of Irish farmers.

"I look forward to working with the new President of COPA, Joachim Rukwied and the other Vice Presidents to ensure that the farmer’s voice is heard on these and other issues" Joe Healy said. 

Joe Healy was re-elected unopposed to serve a second term as President of the IFA last week. 

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