24 Jul 2012
IFA PRESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO FORMER PRESIDENT PADDY LANEUncategorized
IFA President John Bryan has paid tribute to former President Paddy Lane, who has passed away at the age of 77. Paddy Lane served as President of the Irish Farmers’ Association from 1976 to 1980.
John Bryan said Paddy Lane had led farmers at what was a difficult time economically, with high inflation and interest rates eroding farm incomes. “Paddy Lane, who was a powerful voice for farmers, had a longstanding commitment to IFA and serving the farming community. He led a successful campaign of opposition to the then Minister for Finance George Colley’s notorious 2% sales levy. Paddy Lane battled for better conditions and facilities for farmers, and a more receptive attitude in the Department of Agriculture.”
“Earlier this year, IFA conferred Honorary Life Membership on Paddy Lane at a meeting of the Clare IFA Executive, and I recall him being deeply honoured. On behalf of our membership, I want to extend our sympathies to his family.”
An ex-Army officer, he ran a dairy farm in Parteen, Co Clare and was capped for the Ireland rugby team in 1964. He also served as IFA Deputy President from 1974 to 1976 and as a member of the European Parliament from 1989-1994.