James sweeps to Macra presidency
The results of the Macra na Feirme Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections were announced on Tuesday in the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin and they made for sweet listening for the young farmers of Muskerry.
That's because James Healy from Kilmartin, Donoughmore, was officially declared the 36th Macra na Feirme National President.
James is a founding member of the reformed Donoughmore club based in Muskerry, Cork who have gone on to win Macra na Feirme Club of the Year twice. He is a current member of the National Council and has served as Munster Vice-President and National Competitions Chairperson in the past.
Speaking after the results of the election, current National President, Sean Finan, who presided over the election said, "I would like to congratulate all candidates for the campaigns they ran. This was a great election, highlighting the best of Macra in terms of leadership, debate and enthusiasm. I look forward to the inauguration ceremony at the Macra na Feirme national AGM on the 6th of May in Drumshanbo, Co.Leitrim.'
Following his election, James Healy said, 'It is such an honour to be elected as the next President of this great and historic organisation. It was a hard fought campaign and I greatly enjoyed travelling around the country, meeting members and hearing their views about Macra na Feirme. The landscape of rural Ireland is changing greatly and I look forward to serving the Macra na Feirme members and moving the organisation forward for what is sure to be a challenging couple of years, particularly with the impact of Brexit.'
He added, 'I would also like to pass on my commiserations to Odile Evans who ran a great campaign.'
James becomes the 36th president of Macra na Feirme and the 7th Cork representative to serve in the role. He continued, 'There is little doubt that joining Macra has played an influential part in making me the individual I am today. Through my membership, I have gained much from the opportunities provided and I want to make sure these and more opportunities will continue to be available for all members into the future. For this to happen, we the members, must work together as a team to allow Macra to grow and prosper. I firmly believe that my overall rounded experiences provide me with the key skills and attributes to serve as Macra President and to help ensure our team works to the best of its abilities for the betterment of Macra na Feirme. I look forward to working with all members of this great organisation."
Results were also announced in the vice-presidential elections for Macra's three regions, Munster, Leinster and the North West.
Sharon Corcoran from Three Lakes Macra in Mayo was declared the winner in the North-West race, Cara O'Mahony of Naas Macra in Kildare has been elected as Leinster Vice-President and Tom O'Donoghue of Cappoquin, Co.Waterford is the new Munster Vice-President.
All will take up their posts at Macra's AGM in Leitrim on May 6.
Creed welcomes newly elected president James
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed warmly welcomed the election of James Healy as the 36th President of Macra na Feirme.
Minister Creed said; "I'd like to congratulate James on his election as President of Macra and look forward to working with him during his tenure. Macra is an important organisation in rural Ireland, playing an active role both socially and educationally for young people"
The Minister also paid tribute to Odile Evans for running a hard-fought campaign.
Concluding, Minister Creed said; "I'd also like to recognise the significant contribution made by the outgoing President Séan Finan who worked tirelessly to represent the interests of young farmers during his term as President.
The Minister also congratulated the three new vice-presidents, Sharon Corcoran, Cara O'Mahony and Tom O'Donoghue who will take up their positions alongside the president-elect at Macra's AGM in May.