IFA draw up shortlist for top job
The odds on the new IFA Director General (DG) being in place before 2017, more than a year after the position became vacant, are lengthening.
The delay is also hampering progress on finding a clear funding alternative to the current commodity levy for the organisation. However, a statutory levy on the single farm payment (BPS) is now being seriously considered.
First interviewing of applicants for the top post in the country's largest farming lobby group are now being scheduled for October.
IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has confirmed that 25 applications were received for the post and consultants KPMG, who were retained by the IFA for the process, have prepared a shortlist of less than eight candidates, which was handed to the IFA leadership last week.
"Interviews will take place over the coming weeks and we will see how it goes - we are working on it and anxious to get the position filled as soon as possible," he said.
But it is understood that some of the applicants for the position have now indicated that they are no longer interested, which may further complicate the process.
It is unlikely that the position will be offered to the first successful candidate before November and given the likely requirement to serve contractual notice of termination, it may be early spring before the new appointment will be in place at the Irish Farm Centre.
Mr Kennedy said that everyone involved is fully aware of the length of time that the process is taking, and that members want to see more progress with reform of the organisation.