Monday 11 December 2017

Louise Hogan: Farmers' trust in top executives has been broken

ICMSA's Pat McCormack
ICMSA's Pat McCormack
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

It may be a case of once bitten, twice shy. Farmers' trust in those at the top to deliver fair salaries for top executives has been well and truly broken.

They had placed their faith in the country's largest farmer representative body, the Irish Farmers' Association. Yet their trust was dented after a pay controversy in which it emerged that former general secretary Pat Smith got a pay package of almost €1m over two years.

It is the comparison that leaves farmers angered - as it is a figure that is far beyond the Teagasc analysis that places the average farm income at €26,642.

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