« BackKerry man bids to become next IFA President

A Kerry man is bidding to become the next president of the Irish Farmers’ Association.

Flor McCarthy is among three candidates to have declared ahead of this evening’s deadline.

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The election, which takes place in April, follows the resignation of former president Eddie Downey following controversy over pay and pensions among some high ranking officials in the association.

A farmer from Kenmare Flor McCarthy is the first Kerry person to run for the role of IFA President.

He currently holds the role of IFA Rural Development Chairman and was chair of the organisation’s branch in Kerry from 2000 to 2005.

Mr McCarthy handed in his nomination papers to IFA headquarters this afternoon.

To do this he secured the backing of IFA County Executives in Kerry, Clare, South Tipperary, Waterford, Meath and Louth.

He feels his qualities for the role include his ability to bring the organisation together.

Mr McCarthy says this will be a unique election in the IFA and says the matter of pay should not be decided by candidates: