Is Buckley in line for a Dairygold board return?
There is growing speculation that Vincent Buckley, former chairman of both Dairygold and Irish Dairy Board (IDB), could be set for a dramatic return to the southern co-op's board.
The move follows the failure of current Dairygold board member Liam Foley to get elected to the co-op's regional board last week.
Under Dairygold Co-op rules, only those who are elected to the 60-member regional board are eligible to go forward for election to the 10-member co-op board.
Mr Foley, who farms at Donaghmore, Co Cork, and was a former IFA national dairy committee chairman, must now step down from the co-op board.
He ran for election in the Mallow district, but failed to get sufficient support from the 33 farmer voters to secure any of the four seats on offer.
When asked if there had been an orchestrated campaign to remove him from the board, Mr Foley said it was "not for him to comment".
Local Dairygold sources suggested that Mr Foley's removal was influenced by his past support for former Dairygold chief executive Jerry Henchy.