Joe Healy returned unopposed for 2nd term as IFA President
Galway farmer, Joe Healy will serve a second term as President of the IFA after nominations closed for the position today.
IFA National Returning Officer Jer Bergin today announced that nominations have closed for the positions of IFA President, Deputy President and Regional Chairmen, for which elections take place every two years.
Sitting President Joe Healy was the only nominee and has therefore been returned unopposed for a second term, commencing January 2018.
Healy took over the position following the resignations of Eddie Downey and former general secretary Pat Smith amid a furore over salaries at the top of the orgainisation.
Healy has stressed the organisation has gone above and beyond any legal accountancy requirements as it strives to deliver transparency to the farm families that back them following the pay revelations.
Healy has aimed to return the organisation to concentrating on the important issues that impact on farmers' pockets through commodity prices has seen sentiment improve.
He has said Brexit is the biggest challenge that has faced Irish agriculture and highlighted the need to look beyond the UK for exports.
The president said new chief executive Damian McDonald, formerly of Horse Sport Ireland and a past Macra president, has been positive for the organisation, bringing experience and business acumen.