Farm Ireland

Monday 19 February 2018

IFA row rumbles on over election of president

IFA deputy Tim O’Leary. Photo: Finbarr O'Rourke
IFA deputy Tim O’Leary. Photo: Finbarr O'Rourke
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

The deputy president of the Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has insisted he had not withdrawn his bid to get onto the election ballot paper.

Cork dairy farmer Tim O'Leary was vying with Carlow IFA chairman Derek Deane, who was the frontrunner in calling for transparency in pay in the association, for enough nominations to secure the final spot in the bid to become the next IFA president.

However, Mr Deane has stated that a technical difficulty halted his bid to enter the race and has called for his case to be put to the executive council to decide upon.

"I know that there is not a council member who will oppose my candidacy based on that I had the support by the required time but there was a technology failure on the email," Mr Deane said.

Mr Deane said he has informed the IFA that he received a message from the chair of Monaghan 15 minutes before the deadline pledging the final required nomination on the basis that Mr O'Leary had withdrawn his bid.

However, Mr O'Leary said he had not withdrawn from the bid to enter the election. "I was still waiting for someone to change their mind and support me but I did not withdraw," said Mr O'Leary.

"The last discussion I had through an intermediary was asking Mr Deane to withdraw and support me."

Mr Deane said he could not get a response from the IFA yesterday to his requests. Nominations are now being sought for the positions of deputy president and the four regional chairs.

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