Proposal to reveal senior staff pay shot down at IFA council
A proposal to make details of the salary package of the IFA general secretary available to the executive council has been rejected at a meeting of the farm body.
The move follows concern raised at a number of regional meetings about the transparency of salary scales for the organisation's top staff.
Members at the council meeting voted in favour of the new remuneration committee which will review the performance and pay of general secretary Pat Smith, and also the compensation for the president of the farm lobby group.
Former Glanbia managing director John Moloney has been nominated to the committee, as previously reported in the Farming Independent.
The appointments to the committee follow calls for transparency and accountability on salary scales made by former IFA chief economist Con Lucey when he stepped down from the IFA's audit committee last year.
Under the changes the remuneration committee will be chaired by national treasurer, Jer Bergin, and members will include the current president Eddie Downey and deputy president Tim O'Leary.
The committee will also agree the compensation for the term of the president, however, the president will not take part in these discussions.
It is understood Mr Smith is in receipt of a substantial six-figure salary package, while the president is also compensated for a full-time position.