14 Sep 2017
JOE HEALY RETURNED UNOPPOSED FOR 2ND TERM AS IFA PRESIDENT AS NOMINATIONS CLOSE IN IFA ELECTIONSIFA Elections
IFA National Returning Officer Jer Bergin has announced that nominations have closed for the positions of IFA President, Deputy President and Regional Chairmen, for which elections take place every two years.
Sitting President Joe Healy was the only nominee and has therefore been returned unopposed for a second term, commencing January 2018.
Deputy President Richard Kennedy was also returned unopposed.
Former Chairman of Wicklow IFA Tom Short was nominated unchallenged for the position of South Leinster Regional Chairman. He will succeed James Murphy, who will complete his second term at the January 2018 AGM.
There are two nominees for the position of Ulster/North Leinster Chairman. They are IFA Poultry Chairman Nigel Renaghan and Cavan IFA Chairman James Speares. The two candidates will contest the Regional Chairman election in ballots at the seven County Executives in Ulster/Nth Leinster in November and December, with the count taking place in the December.
The successful candidate will succeed the outgoing Ulster/Nth Leinster Chairman Bert Stewart.
The IFA Executive Council has passed a rule change whereby votes of the branch delegates at the County Executive meetings will be weighted according to the membership of that branch, replacing the link to turnout in the Presidential election. 8 to 25 such members constitute one (1) vote and every additional 25 such members or part thereof constitute one (1) additional identical vote.
The Munster Regional Chairman John Coughlan was nominated and returned unopposed.
The Connacht Regional Chairman Padraic Joyce was nominated and returned unopposed.