Cashman bags key IFA post

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

Cork farmer Teddy Cashman has taken over from Padraig Mulligan as chairman of the IFA national liquid milk committee.

Mr Cashman challenged Mr Mulligan for the chairmanship of the committee and won the election by 16 votes to 13.

Mr Mulligan, from Sligo, who has headed the committee for the past two years, admitted to being "upset and annoyed" in the wake of the vote.

He predicted that no-one from the west of Ireland was likely to get the opportunity to head up the liquid milk committee again.

Mr Cashman said that after three years as vice-chairman, he felt the time was right to go for the top job.

Mr Cashman sees imports from the North, rising input costs, dealing with the supermarkets and the continuing consolidation in the sector as the main issues facing liquid milk suppliers.

Meanwhile, Kevin Kiersey saw off a challenge from Laois farmer Tom Phelan for the post of IFA dairy chairman.

Declan O'Brien

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