Eddie Downey

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IFA president Eddie Downey claims he only discovered the extent of the general secretary’s remuneration 24 hours prior to his resignation. Photograph: David Sleator/Irish Times

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Eddie Downey is to step back from his role while its former chief economist Con Lucey carries(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey. File photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Serious concerns about IFA’s corporate governance structures were raised nearly 15 months before its general secretary Pat Smith resigned last week, a(...)

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

Every now and then something comes along that gives you a real insight into how Ireland works, or doesn’t work, depending on your perspective. One of (...)

IFA president Eddie Downey is facing calls for his resignation over the controversial salary package paid to former secretary general Pat Smith. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Eddie Downey has come under pressure to explain his role in the current pay controversy surround(...)

Pat Smith was forced to resign because of the controversy over his remuneration. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

One insider described it as a “code of omerta” across the entire upper echelon of the organisation. Another said the controversy was merely a smokescr(...)

Pat Smith was forced to resign  because of the controversy over his remuneration.  Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

The former head of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) Pat Smith received a salary of €535,000 in 2013, the organisation has revealed. Mr Smith resi(...)

 IFA general secretary Pat Smith said he was putting the association’s interests to the fore in deciding to go. Photograph: Eric Luke

The head of the Irish Farmers’ Association Pat Smith has resigned in the wake of the controversy over his pay. Pressure had been mounting on the organ(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey said cattle theft, of which there were 48 cases in the first six months of the year, would “wipe out” the income of a smaller farm. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Rising cattle thefts and livestock rustling threaten the traceability system on which the safety of Irish beef was founded, the Irish Farmers’ Associa(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith (left) with the organisation’s president Eddie Downey. The IFA voted against releasing details of Mr Smith’s pay earlier this month. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has come under renewed pressure to reveal the salaries of its top brass, amid reports its general secretary, Pat (...)

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has hit out at Glanbia over its decision to cut milk prices again in September despite signs of a pick-up in the (...)

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