Macra race on for candidates
The candidates for Macra's leadership elections on April 9 have been announced. Cork are hoping to keep their county at the top of the organisation with Aisling Lewis, from Mitchelstown.
The 25-year-old chemical engineer will be up against part-time barrister and current northwest vice-president, Kieran O'Dowd from Ballymote, Co Sligo.
The incumbent president, Alan Jagoe, will finish his term on May 11.
A two-week-long series of debates commences this evening in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny.
BoI's three new farm advisors
Bank of Ireland has re-invigorated its agri-advisor team with the appointment of three new recruits in the last week.
John Fitzgerald, who was Ulster Bank's agri-advisor in the Limerick area, joins ex-ACC bankers Pat Byrnes from Waterford and Tipperary's Susan Maher.
Their recruitment signals a real intent to get a bigger slice of the action for Bank of Ireland's head of agri-finance, Sean Farrell.