IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary speaking with IFA Cork West Chair Richard Connell, before the IFA Executive Council Meeting at the farm Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is to carry out a review of its corporate governance structures in the wake of recent controversy over pay in the(...)

 Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith and IFA president Eddie Downey. Smith has stepped down from his position. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The final lines of Con Lucey’s departing letter to the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) last year are revealing in the context of its current woes. Lu(...)

General Secretary of the IFA Pat Smith was forced to resign last week in the wake of criticism of his salary package, which was €445,000 in 2014 and €535,000 in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

The president and the treasurer of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) refused to sign off on former general secretary Pat Smith’s pay last year beca(...)

Excessive pay at senior executive level is regarded by a majority of business owners as the single biggest threat to public trust and to the reputatio(...)

 IFA President Eddie Downey.Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The deputy president of Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Tim O’Leary has pledged to rebuild the trust of the association’s membership following the co(...)

Irish Farmers’ Association  members protesting against CAP reforms outside Dubin Castle in 2013. While the IFA does not give detailed breakdowns of its income, sources suggests the levy generates between a third and a half of its €12.9 million income.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s funding model is what’s known as the “factory levy”. The tariff is collected(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey claims he only discovered the extent of the general secretary’s remuneration 24 hours prior to his resignation. Photograph: David Sleator/Irish Times

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Eddie Downey is to step back from his role while its former chief economist Con Lucey carries(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey. File photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Serious concerns about IFA’s corporate governance structures were raised nearly 15 months before its general secretary Pat Smith resigned last week, a(...)

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Every now and then something comes along that gives you a real insight into how Ireland works, or doesn’t work, depending on your perspective. One of (...)

IFA president Eddie Downey is facing calls for his resignation over the controversial salary package paid to former secretary general Pat Smith. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Eddie Downey has come under pressure to explain his role in the current pay controversy surround(...)