IFA Statement on Severance Package

The unapproved package included: a €2m severance, broken down into €1m now and €1m over 10 years paid through IFA.   This is a total spin. Pat Smith demanded €2m. He is trying to cover it up.   He didn’t “stand down”.  In effect, he was fired.   In fairness to our former President, Eddie […]

IFA to elect new President and to conduct a thorough review of the structures in the Association

Following a lengthy meeting of the IFA Executive Council in Dublin, the IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary said a number of clear decisions were taken unanimously in the best interests of farmer members, including an election for a new President, the ratification of the review to be conducted by Con Lucey, and the challenge to […]

IFA President Eddie Downey announces his resignation

Statement from IFA President Eddie Downey:- I am today announcing my resignation as President of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). This is very difficult decision for me and I am doing so in the best interests of the Association which I have served for over 25 years. Over those years, I have dedicated myself to […]

IFA Launch Christmas for Growers Campaign

IFA President Eddie Downey has warned retailers against discounting of fresh produce in the run-up to Christmas, where growers are used as pawns in a vicious battle over market share. He said, “The use of below-cost selling of farm produce as a tool to drive footfall undermines Irish production and the financial viability of specialist […]

Commission Action Needed For Farm Viability

Announcing details of a protest by farmers outside the EU Commission offices in Dublin next Monday, August 31st, IFA President Eddie Downey said the failure of the EU to move decisively to safeguard farm incomes is a serious threat to viability.   The IFA President yesterday led a delegation to meet with the Minister for […]

Balanced Economic Recovery requires a greater focus on Rural Ireland – Downey

Speaking in advance of the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle, which begins today, IFA President Eddie Downey said that balanced economic recovery must be a key Government objective and this requires a greater focus on, and investment in, rural Ireland.   He said, “While there has been an improvement in the public finances, hard […]

Eddie Downey Elected 14th President of The Irish Farmers’ Association

Eddie Downey from Slane in Co Meath has been elected President of the Irish Farmers’ Association at the National Election Count in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin this evening (Tues).   The President-elect congratulated the new Deputy President Tim O’Leary and the new Regional Chairmen-elect, James McCarthy, James Murphy, Tom Turley and Bert Stewart.   He […]

New Service Charter Must Remove Fear and Stress From Farm Inspections – IFA

Speaking in advance of the 2012 Single Farm Payment application, IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey said the fear factor and stress imposed on farm families over inspections must be removed. He said the IFA is demanding a New Service Charter to cover farm inspections and all aspects of direct payments. Eddie Downey said there is […]

Farmers Keep Informed – Follow @Ifamedia On Twitter

For all of the latest news and information on farming and rural issues follow the Irish Farmers’ Association’s Twitter account @IFAmedia.  IFA Regional Press & Web Comms Officer Morag Devins said “an IFA Twitter account has been established to provide farmers and countryside dwellers with instant news, policies and market prices.” She said “farmers spend […]

Escalating Household Rubbish Problem in Countryside Must be Tackled

Launching the 2011 ‘The Countryside is Watching’ campaign today (Wed), IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey warned that the problem with rubbish in the countryside is getting out of control. He said, “Farmers are reporting increasing levels of large-scale dumping in fields, woodland areas and ditches along the roadside. Local authorities will have to crack down […]

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