IFA general secretary pay and pension package €445,000 last year

The Farmer’s Journal is reporting the salary of former IFA general secretary Pat Smith has been revealed at a meeting in Portlaoise. IFA Farmers logo IFA president Eddie Downey said Mr Smith earned a total package in 2014 of €295,000 basic with a pension contribution of €150,000 bringing it to a total of €445,000. Smith’s 2013 salary package was €535,000. A company car was included in both years. Also this evening, Sinn Féin’s agriculture spokesperson, Martin Ferris, described the revelations about Mr Smith’s pay packet as ‘shocking.’