Voting to elect the 16th president of the Irish Farmers’ Association will get underway in IFA branches across the country on Monday, November 25th and conclude on Friday, December 13th.
IFA national returning officer, Richard Kennedy, has encouraged farmers to attend the Association’s 944 branch meetings in the 29 County Executives and vote for the positions of president and deputy president.
‘An equal voice’
“Our Presidential Election gives every member the same say in choosing the next president of IFA.”
“It’s an important exercise in democracy and it affords farmers across all enterprises, and in every part of the country, an equal voice in deciding who is best placed to represent Irish farmers from 2020 on,” he added.
John Coughlan from the Buttevant branch in North Cork, Tim Cullinan from the Toomevara branch in North Tipperary and Angus Woods from the Barndarrig branch in Wicklow are running for the position of IFA president.
The candidates for IFA deputy president are Thomas Cooney from the Laragh branch in Cavan and Brian Rushe from the Carbury/Cadamstown branch in Kildare.
The candidates have engaged with members at 17 debates around the country in the last month.
Among the branches voting on the opening night are Goleen (West Cork), Aranmore Island (Donegal), Peterswell (Galway), Annascaul (Kerry), Ballyragget (Kilkenny), Walsh Island (Offaly), Knockcroghery (Roscommon) and Boolavogue (Wexford).
The National Count will take place in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, December 17th.
The next president of the Irish Farmers’ Association will take up office at the AGM in January 2020.
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