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Former IFA president Eddie Downey urges farmers to be ‘extra, extra careful’ after breaking bones in 12ft fall

Still we have too many accidents and still there are too many people taking chances. I’ve learned to take nothing for granted with every job you do you have to be that one bit more careful than we are being’

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Wake-up call: Former IFA president Eddie Downey broke his pelvis, damaged his bladder and broke a bone in his wrist in a 12-foot fall on his farm recently; he is pictured with his son Paddy on their holding near Slane. Photos: David Conachy

Wake-up call: Former IFA president Eddie Downey broke his pelvis, damaged his bladder and broke a bone in his wrist in a 12-foot fall on his farm recently; he is pictured with his son Paddy on their holding near Slane. Photos: David Conachy

Eddie says his general health and fitness have played a vital role in his recovery

Eddie says his general health and fitness have played a vital role in his recovery

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Wake-up call: Former IFA president Eddie Downey broke his pelvis, damaged his bladder and broke a bone in his wrist in a 12-foot fall on his farm recently; he is pictured with his son Paddy on their holding near Slane. Photos: David Conachy

Twelve weeks ago Eddie Downey was going about “business as usual” on his family’s busy dairy and poultry enterprise in Slane, Co Meath.

The former IFA president has always taken precautions when working at heights he has a box on the front of their teleporter and rarely uses ladders.


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