Larry Goodman of ABP Group: company intends to acquire a 50 per cent stake in Slaney Foods not yet lodged a formal submission. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

Larry Goodman’s ABP Group has been in contact with the Irish and European competition authorities over its intention to acquire a 50 per cent stake i(...)

Derek Deane: Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish  Times

The whistleblower at the centre of the pay controversy within the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has made a last-minute bid to contest the associati(...)

IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary speaking with Economist Con Lucey whose report was published today, at the IFA Executive Council Meeting at the farm Centre in Dublin. Picture: Finbarr O’Rourke

The treasurer of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), Jer Bergin, has been elected to serve as chairman following another marathon meeting of the org(...)

IFA deputy president Tim O’Leary, acting general secretary Bryan Barry and economist Con Lucey. Mr Lucey’s review was published yesterday. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Not for the first time the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is attempting to draw a line under the current pay controversy by disclosing more details(...)

Former IFA general secretary   Pat Smith (left) is congratulated by his predecesor Michael Berkery upon taking the top job back in 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times/

Former general secretary of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Pat Smith received a €1.2 million pension top-up to offset the hole in his defined be(...)

The executive council of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) will meet on Tuesday to examine the findings of an internal report on pay and pensions amid fresh calls for some or all of the group’s remaining board members to resign. The IFA has been engulfed in controversy since the high-profile departures of its former general secretary Pat Smith and president Eddie Downey (above). Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is to publish in full the findings of an internal report on pay and pensions. The review conducted by former IFA(...)

Pat Smith’s severance package comprised an up-front payment of €1m followed by €100,000 annually for 10 years and is separate from his €2.7m pension pot. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former general secretary of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Pat Smith is threatening to sue the association if it fails to pay his €2 million sev(...)

Larry Goodman’s ABP Foods is to acquire a 50 per cent stake in Slaney Foods, the parent company of Slaney Meats and Irish Country Meats, for an undisc(...)

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith and former president Eddie Downey (both to left): the two have stepped down in recent weeks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Meat processors and livestock marts have reported a rise in the number of farmers withholding levy payments to the Irish Farmers’ Association amid th(...)

The employment law expert noted that in the case of a resignation, unless there is a clause in the contract specifying certain terms, the employee has no automatic entitlement to a package. Photograph: The Irish Times

Negotiations over severance pay are typically capped at two years’ remuneration, an Irish employment law expert has said. Patrick Walshe, a partner w(...)

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