Thousands of farmers begin voting on IFA leadership
Election follows resignation of Eddie Downey after row over payments to Pat Smith
File image of IFA members protesting at beef prices. On left with green coat is Henry Burns, who is running as presidential candidate for the association. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times
Thousands of farmers begin voting tonight to elect the next president and deputy president of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA).
It had emerged Mr Smith was to receive a €2 million severance package as well as a €2.7 million pension deal.
On Tuesday, the IFA national returning officer Jer Bergin appealed to the association’s 75,501 members to use their vote.
“The IFA election is unique as it allows every member the chance to hear what candidates are offering, and then they have a vote in the national contest,” he said.
A national count will take place in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin on April 19th.
The president will take office immediately for a four-year term, with an agm scheduled for April 27th at the Irish Farm Centre.