01 May 2015
IFA MEMBERSHIP INCREASE REFLECTS STRONG RECORD OF DELIVERYPresident
IFA membership has increased to over 88,600 farmers, new end-of-year figures show. The increase in paid-up membership reflects the Association’s strong record of delivery for Irish farmers across all enterprises.
IFA National President Eddie Downey expressed his appreciation for the growing support among the farming community for the Association’s work. He said, “Having the strongest possible membership base is a key component in ensuring IFA remains a strong and united voice that can deal effectively with all the issues that matter to farmers – at home, in Europe or internationally.”
IFA Director of Organisation, James Kelly thanked the county chairmen, officers in IFA’s 946 branches and the professional support structure in each county for their efforts in ensuring that the Association continues to grow on the ground.
Mr Kelly paid tribute to all IFA members for their valued support, saying “The support of our strong membership base has allowed our Association to deliver on a wide range of issues for farmers over the past year. IFA has worked hard to defend the €1.5b paid to Irish farmers each year in EU payments; to push for RDP schemes that deliver crucial funding for all Irish farmers; to achieve significant improvements in agri-taxation; and, to exert maximum pressure on processors and retailers to deliver viable prices for farmers.”
Mr Kelly concluded by assuring all IFA members that the Association is committed to building on its strong record of delivery for farm families.