Edmond Phelan from Co.Waterford has been elected as the new president of the ICSA. He beat Dermot Kelleher, who had the second highest number of votes and Hugh Farrell for the top position. The beef farmer from Fenor, will remain in his post for two years – until 2021.
There was a debate held last night in Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise where the three candidates were put through their paces before the vote.
In a previous interview with That’s Farming, Mr. Phelan said that if he got elected, he would “put a bit more emphasis on renewable energy”.
He also stated that the number of sheep being imported into Ireland makes his blood boil because Irish animals “cannot go out the same way”.
Speaking in Portlaoise, Mr. Phelan said, “ICSA is vehemently opposed to any Mercosur deal that includes a tariff rate quota for beef."
"Not only would it be economically devastating for Irish beef farmers, but it is also farcical that the EU should expect Irish farmers to adopt a broad array of climate change measures while they ignore the massive climate change and environmental downsides of importing vast quantities of beef from South America."
He added, "The Oireachtas Committee for Agriculture has this week backed that position. ICSA will now be pushing for this backing to translate into the deal being voted down when it comes before the Dáil.”
The role will be taken up with immediate effect.
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