Farm Ireland

Sunday 25 February 2018

Former general secretary seeks €2m from IFA

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith
Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith

Tim Healy

The former general secretary of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA), Pat Smith, has brought two legal actions against the organisation, including one seeking orders requiring it to pay him €2m.

Mr Smith is seeking partial payments of €1m now and a further €1m over the next 10 years. One of the cases is aimed at securing enforcement of a November 19, 2015, agreement he had with the organisation.

In the second case, Mr Smith alleges he was defamed by the IFA and has issued a claim for damages, including aggravated damages.

Both cases were in separate High Court lists this week via pre-trial motions on behalf of Mr Smith's side for judgment in default of defence.

Dates for the hearing of both cases have yet to be fixed.

Mr Smith, who worked for the IFA for over 25 years and became general secretary in 2009, resigned after the IFA came under pressure to reveal his salary. It was later disclosed he was paid more than €540,000 in 2013 and more than €450,000 in 2014 and 2015.

He also wants the IFA to issue an unconditional reference concerning his contribution to the association.

He also wants the IFA to issue a press statement recognising the voluntary nature of his resignation.

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