Farm Ireland

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dillon's attempt for Seanad seat has support from ICSA

Martin Ryan and Jim O'Brien

Former IFA president John Dillon has been nominated to contest the election to Seanad Eireann on the Agricultural Panel on which there are 11 seats to be filled.

Less than a month after he obtained 4,400 first preference votes as an independent candidate in the general election in the Limerick County constituency, the former IFA leader has confirmed that he is "up for the challenge" again.

He has been nominated by the national executive of the Irish Livestock Trade and confirms that he has also received the support of the ICSA as a nominating body.

He explained that ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin's father, Dan Gilmartin, was one of his proposers for the position of IFA president in 2001.

"I have already completed the canvass of three counties and I am very optimistic with the reception that I am getting, but it will be a big challenge to get elected," he said of the campaign.

Seamus Boland, CEO of Irish Rural Link, is also seeking a seat in the upper house.

The well-known spokesman on rural issues was nominated by the Disability Federation of Ireland to contest a seat on the Administrative Panel.

Originally from Ballycumber, Co Offaly, Mr Boland cut his early political teeth in Macra na Feirme, before working with the Midland Regional Youth Service and then Irish Rural Link. Seamus has represented the broader rural sector at the social partnership table.

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