IFA need both small farmers & wider public
The turnout so far in the IFA election demonstrates a worrying level of apathy among members.
Part of the reason for this is undoubtedly the lack of contests for regional chairpersons in Connacht, Leinster and Ulster. But the turnouts are not hectic in Munster either.
There is also an undercurrent of dissatisfaction bubbling in parts of the country, with one western branch refusing to vote because of the level of anger among its members.
All the while, commentators have been saying that the contest for national president is too close to call.
Or could it be that there are not enough points of difference between the candidates?
Have you noticed the complete absence of any talk how either candidate envisages winning over the non-farming public to the IFA's point of view?
The idea that the IFA should just look after the concerns of members and let somebody else worry about what the wider public thinks is baloney in this day and age. At barely 5pc, farmers represent a tiny and shrinking proportion of the national workforce. The figure is closer to 1pc in Britain.