Tim Cullinan will continue to lead the IFA (Irish Farmers’ Association), after securing election for a second term.
He is among a number of figures, who has returned unopposed for a second term, commencing next January.
IFA national returning officer, Martin Stapleton, has announced that nominations have closed for the positions:
- IFA president;
- Deputy president;
- Regional chairmen.
The farm organisation holds elections for these positions every two years.
Sitting president Tim Cullinan was the only nominee and has, therefore, been returned unopposed for a second term.
Its deputy resident, Brian Rushe, was also returned unopposed.
Also, Munster Regional Chairman Harold Kingston was nominated and returned unopposed.
Furthermore, the Connacht Regional Chairman, Pat Murphy, was nominated and returned unopposed.
Also, the South Leinster Chairman Francie Gorman was nominated and returned unopposed.
However, there are two nominees for the position of Ulster/North Leinster Chairman.
They are former IFA Monaghan chairman, Frank Brady, and IFA Meath chairman, John Curran. The successful candidate will succeed the outgoing Ulster/Nth Leinster chairman, Nigel Renaghan.
Other IFA-related news
The IFA has accused Teagasc of showing an “appalling lack of respect for the suckler sector”.
IFA livestock chairman Brendan Golden, has strongly criticised the comments of outgoing Teagasc director, Gerry Boyle, about the sector’s future.
He said: “Farmers will be very surprised to see Gerry Boyle say that Teagasc was strongly advocating switching from beef production to dairy beef production. We need Teagasc to clarify their position urgently.”
“It is appalling that a senior industry figure would show such disregard for a farm sector that is unique in the scale of its significance in every county,” Golden said.
“100,000 farmers are involved in beef production. To dismiss them in such a cavalier fashion shows very poor judgement.”
‘Extremely tight’ lamb supplies with €6.30/kg ‘freely’ available
“Extremely tight” lamb supplies are “swinging control back in farmers’ favour” with plants moving this week’s prices up a notch.
That is according to Sean Dennehy, IFA sheep chairman, who reported that factories are “struggling” to secure lambs.