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 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 […]

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 […]