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Former  IFA president Eddie Downey. File Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The deputy president of the Irish Farmers’ Association and an official centrally involved in exposing issues over pay and pensions at the organisation(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Former IFA president Eddie Downey has been consistently blamed by his former employers. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Not for the first time of late, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is struggling to get its story straight. It has consistently blamed former presid(...)

Former IFA president Eddie Downey: “The message I got was I was thrown under the bus at the meeting.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The executive board of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is coming under mounting pressure to resign on foot of the pay controversy surrounding the(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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