The IFA Presidential Election Debates will begin next Monday, Oct 21st. Limerick IFA County Executive will host members from Limerick and Clare at the first debate.
17 debates in total will take place around the country until Thurs, Nov 21st.
Three candidates have been nominated to run for IFA President – John Coughlan from the Buttevant branch in North Cork, Tim Cullinan from the Toomevara branch in North Tipperary and Angus Woods from the Barndarrig branch in Wicklow.
The National Returning Officer Richard Kennedy is encouraging farmers to attend the debate in their area to hear from each of the candidates. “Our Presidential Election gives every member the same say in choosing the next President of IFA. It’s an important exercise in democracy and it affords farmers across all enterprises, and in every part of the country, an equal voice in deciding who is best placed to represent Irish farmers from 2020 on,” he said.
Each debate will begin with the two candidates for Deputy President making their pitch. They are Thomas Cooney from the Laragh branch in Cavan and Brian Rushe from the Carbury/Cadamstown branch in Kildare.
Voting in IFA branches will begin on Tues, Nov 25th and end on Fri, Dec 13th. The Election Count will take place on Tues, Dec 17th in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin.
The next President will take up office at the AGM in January 2020.