Candidates pledge to restore IFA's 'greatness' by bringing the association back to basics
IFA presidential candidate Flor McCarthy has pledged to refocus the organisation on "farm incomes" and rebuild the organisation to honour the aims of its founders.
Speaking at the launch of his campaign last weekend, the Kerry candidate said recent controversies had distracted the IFA from dealing with the real concerns of farmers and farm families.
"The controversies within IFA have happened at a time when the pressures on farm incomes have never been greater," he said.
Laois candidate Henry Burns, who also launched his campaign last weekend, said he had a firm belief in the IFA's ability to deliver for farmers. "IFA is in therapy, licking our wounds after a personal trauma," he said, adding he believed in the "greatness of IFA for the future".
Meanwhile, nominations for the IFA western regional chair may have to be drawn from a hat if the impasse in the region is not resolved at meetings of the five county executives tomorrow night.
Roscommon's nomination of John O'Beirne was supported by Leitrim chair James Gallagher but ruled out under the 'full-time farmer' rule as he is also a postman. Galway, Mayo and Sligo then each nominated a candidate so no candidate has secured the support of a second county chair.