Quain rules out bid for ICMSA top job
ICMSA dairy chairman Gerald Quain has confirmed he will not contest the post of president that is due to be vacated by John Comer in December.
The odds on farmers being plunged into leadership election mode before the end of the year are lengthening after a potential ICMSA challenger has ruled himself "definitely out" of the contest.
ICMSA Dairy Chairman, Gerald Quain has confirmed that he will not be a candidate for the presidency of the organisation to be decided in December.
Contrary to speculative media reports on his candidacy for the position, the Charleville dairy farmer, has categorically denied that he has any intention of allowing his name to go forward and emphatically ruled himself out.
"I am aware of the speculation, but I am definitely out and have no intention of going for the leadership - I never had" he said.
Deputy President, Pat McCormack (Tipperary), the most likely successor, has yet to confirm his intention to run for the leadership when the outgoing John Comer completes the maximum leadership duration of three two year terms next December.
"I have made no decision yet - it won't come up until the end of the year" he said.
To be eligible for the election, he requires the support of his local area for his return to national council and is unlikely to make his leadership intentions known for some time, pending the outcome of the local and council ICMSA elections.