Eddie Downey

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Former IFA president Eddie Downey: he was on a package of up to €200,000 a year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A former president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has called for the association’s executive committee to stand down. John Donnell(...)

Former IFA general secretary Pat Smith. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Pat Smith is extremely saddened at the events of the past week, which has left many families hurt, especially the family of IFA where he spen(...)

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(...)

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

Former Irish Farmers’ Association general secretary Pat Smith’s pay and severance package has been described as “obscene” by a prominent Iri(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

Irish Farmers’ Association  members protesting against CAP reforms outside Dubin Castle in 2013. While the IFA does not give detailed breakdowns of its income, sources suggests the levy generates between a third and a half of its €12.9 million income.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s funding model is what’s known as the “factory levy”. The tariff is collected(...)

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