Farm Ireland

Saturday 24 February 2018

Farm bodies block AHI changes

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

A dispute over proposed farmer representation on the board of Animal Health Ireland (AHI) has again scuppered plans for change in the organisation.

A move to radically change the manner in which the AHI board is elected was withdrawn at an extraordinary general meeting of the organisation last week.

This was the second occasion that the proposals failed to attract sufficient backing at board level.

A similar plan was withdrawn at the organisation's AGM just three months ago.

The move under discussion would see the board of the AHI reduced from 10 members to nine from next year, with four elected directors and five selected. It would then go to eight from 2013, with four selected and four elected board members.

The dispute centres on the proposals for the four elected directors, which would include a single board member from the farm organisations, one from the meat industry and two from dairy processors. The move to reduce farmer representation has been opposed by the IFA and ICMSA. The ICMSA wants two farmer board members, with one coming from each farmer body. However, the IFA wants three representatives on the board, with two from the IFA and one from the ICMSA.

Motions in support of both positions were put to the meeting but it was decided that the overall shareholder representation was insufficient to vote on the matter and the meeting was adjourned.

Declan O'Brien

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