IFA treasurer battle gets under way
Serious lobbying of the new IFA national council got under way this week as a raft of the organisation's heavy hitters battled to become the association's next treasurer.
Ruaidhri Deasy will vacate the post at Tuesday's IFA AGM and his replacement will be voted in by the 50-member national council.
Several of the IFA's leading lights are in the running for the post, including outgoing Leinster vice president JJ Kavanagh, Mary Sherry, former chairperson of the farm family committee, and Seanie O'Leary, who lost out to Eddie Downey in the race for the deputy president post.
It has also been confirmed that Derek Deane, who was defeated by John Bryan in the IFA presidential election, will also be in the hunt for the position. Waterford's Michael Keane is another possible candidate.
One IFA insider described the treasurer job as an "ideal staging post" for anyone intending on running for president. Indeed, the current IFA chief Padraig Walshe and former leader Tom Parlon both spent time in the position.
IFA insiders claimed it was too early to call the race but both regional considerations and efforts to retain balance among candidates from various farm sectors could influence the council's decision.
Another position up for consideration over the next week is that of national sheep committee chairman.