Farm Ireland

Thursday 23 November 2017

Comer favourite to be ICMSA president

Mayo farmer John Comer looks set to clinch the ICMSA presidential race.

With the vote taking place at the AGM of the ICMSA's national council tomorrow in Limerick, insiders predicted that the election was Mr Comer's to lose.

His opponent, Dominic Cronin, could end up winning more counties than Mr Comer, but the Mayo native looks to have sown up the counties with the biggest representation on the association's national council, such as Limerick, Tipperary and Kilkenny.

Mr Cronin is guaranteed the backing of his native North Cork, which has the largest representation (11) on the national council.

Crucially, however, the nine votes available in West Cork could be split between the two candidates.

Mr Comer, who hails from Ballyvary, outside Castlebar, is currently deputy president of the organisation and is viewed by many as a supporter of the Cahill wing of the organisation.

Mr Cronin, from Boherbue, Millstreet, is a former chairman of the National Dairy Council.

Declan O'Brien

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