Deise branch hit out at Herlihy
A motion of no confidence in Glanbia chairman Liam Herlihy was passed at an East Waterford regional shareholder meeting last week.
The meeting was called in the wake of Glanbia's council gathering where the nominations of Brendan Hayes and Robert Prendergast to the co-op board were rejected by the 86-member body.
The two former board members had been put forward by their regions after being elected locally but were rejected by the council in what was described as an "unprecedented move".
Angry delegates at the East Waterford meeting branded the council's move "spiteful, undemocratic and premeditated".
They claimed the action was motivated by a desire on the part of Glanbia management to punish both Mr Hayes and Mr Prendergast for voicing their opposition to last year's joint venture proposal that led to the establishment of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GII).
Mr Hayes and Mr Prendergast were among a group of four Glanbia directors who came out publicly against the joint venture proposal. Wexford board member John Murphy, who was one of the four, was successfully ratified by the council last week.
However, Glanbia rejected suggestions that the council vote had anything to do with the joint venture controversy.
In a statement the co-op said: "The democratic decision of the 86-member council – representing 11 society regional committees, as well as corporate members – reflects the decision of individual members taken in accordance with the rules of the society.