Joe Healy joins FBD board after year-long stand-off

IFA President Joe Healy
IFA President Joe Healy
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

FBD Holdings has announced that the IFA President Joe Healy has formally joined its board as a non-executive Director.

The announcement comes after over a year of a stand-off, which left the IFA with no official representation on the FBD board.

FBD had invited Joe Healy, as IFA President, to join the board on his election in April 2016.

However, Healy said at the time, that he would not be taking up the post due to his busy workload as the new President of the IFA and suggested that his predecessor Eddie Downey, who resigned amid a pay scandal in the IFA, would be an ideal candidate for the role.

FBD however said that the invite is for the sitting IFA President and that there was no provision for IFA to nominate its own candidate for the role.

A seat on the board of FBD pays €39,000.

Healy represents Irish farmers at EU level on COPA, which is the official umbrella representative body for European farmers. He chairs the COPA Food Chain Working Group, which is seeking a stronger position for farmers in the food supply chain.  He is a non-executive director of Bord Bia.

The Chairman, Mr Liam Herlihy, said Healy brings considerable insights into Ireland's agricultural industry, as well as a keen understanding of rural communities, as well as general commercial experience.

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