Over 300 attend IFA leadership debate

More than 300 people gathered at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon town, on Tuesday, March 8, for debates between candidates in the forthcoming Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) presidential elections.

  Debates are being hosted by the 29 executives across the country in the run-up to the ballot, which will take place during the first two weeks of April.

  The three candidates vying for the deputy president role are Monaghan’s Nigel Reneghan, Kildare’s Pat Farrell and Limerick’s Richard Kennedy.

  Those seeking to become president of the organisation are Galway’s Joe Healy, Kerry’s Flor McCarthy and Laois’s Henry Burns.

  All six debated farming issues in lively discussions, which were facilitated by John Hanley, the chairman of the Roscommon branch of the IFA.