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Wednesday 17 January 2018

McCarthy enters IFA election race

IFA Chairman Flor McCarthy
IFA Chairman Flor McCarthy

Martin Ryan

A third candidate will enter the IFA presidential race when Flor McCarthy from Kerry confirms his candidacy later this afternoon.

He has confirmed to the Farming Independent that he will be on the stage at Adare, Co Limerick, this evening with the other two contenders for the presidency, Ger Bergin (Laois) and Eddie Downey (Meath), in the first official debate of the election.

The event is scheduled for 5pm at the Dunraven Arms Hotel. Macra na Feirme president Kieran O'Dowd will chair the discussion, allowing each candidate 10 minutes to make their pitch, followed by an hour-long question and answer session.

Meanwhile, the contest for IFA Munster chairman is poised for a head-to-head battle between Kevin Kiersey of Waterford, who is chairman of the IFA national dairy committee, and Limerick's Eddie Scanlan.

Mr Kiersey was nominated by his own county and is poised to be endorsed by South Tipperary and probably one of the Cork executives.

Eddie Scanlan, who is backed by Limerick and Clare, is confident of getting a third county to support his election bid.

In other election news, the position of national returning officer in the IFA, which was vacated by JJ Kavanagh (Wexford) following his decision to run for deputy president, came up for debate at the association's national council meeting last week.

The meeting was told that the post of national treasurer, which was retained by Mr Kavanagh, and returning officer are tied under IFA rules.

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