Eddie Downey

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Former IFA secretary general Pat Smith and former IFA president Eddie Downey in  Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The executive council of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) will consider holding new board elections this year during its meeting on Tuesday. On S(...)

John Collison  of Stripe , speaking at the Web Summit in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

WINNERS Patrick and John Collison It has been a very good year for Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison of Stripe. In July their digita(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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