Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith. Photograph: Eric Luke

The former IFA general secretary Pat Smith wants half his €2 million severance package, agreed last week before he left the organisation in c(...)

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(...)

Liam Doran, general secretary of the INMO with president Claire Mahon announcing the results of the nurses ballot on industrial action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, Liam Doran, has refused to disclose details of his salary. Mr Doran said the sala(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

One insider described it as a “code of omerta” across the entire upper echelon of the organisation. Another said the controversy was merely a smokescr(...)