The nomination process for Macra’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates has closed. Every two years, clubs elect a national president and three vice presidents.
Contesting the national presidential race are: Eamon Cassells, Gillstown, Athboy, Co Meath; Paddy Delaney, Cremorgan, Timahoe, Portlaoise, Co Laois; Séan Finan, Ballinlough, Castlerea, Co Rosommon; and Michelle O’Callaghan, Shanballyrea, Knockraha, Co Cork.
All candidates have held club, county, regional, and national positions within the organisation.
Eamon is a lab technician at the National Cattle Breeding Centre and part-time suckler farmer.
“ As somebody who is working full time in the agri-industry, I feel I am well aware of the issues facing young Irish farmers and as such am best suited to represent this generation of young farmers at National and European level,” he said.
Paddy is a beef, sheep, and tillage farmer, and a malting barley plant supervisor.
“To me the role of president is to devote the entirety of their tenure to driving the organisation forward, to engage with members, and to ensure the organisation changes with the times. If you see fit to put your faith in me, I promise to do my very best to ensure Macra remains on as sound a footing in the future as it has been for the past 71 years,” he told members.
Seán is a beef farmer and construction project manager with Sisk.
“I have gained greatly from Macra and will endeavour to make sure members have similar positive experiences.
“I want to ensure the personal development of each member through social interaction and participation. I will be a visible president, who will listen to your opinions and ideas and take these on board to make decisions in the interest of our organisation,” he told members.
Michelle is a quality assurance chemist with Pfizer and a partner in the family farm partnership.
“Joining Macra has been the best experience of my life. I will be a passionate advocate for rural youth and young farmers. I want to be president as I know I will make a difference.
“As an organisation we are positive and proactive and by using this energy we will unleash the potential of our members. By enhancing our member’s personal skills and by inspiring leadership through our Macra activities we will show as a members led organisation that we hold the key to its success.”
The Leinster vice president candidates are Noel Duffy, Ferbane, Co Offaly; Odile Evans, Arklow, Co Wicklow; and Aoife Lanigan, Kilkenny.
The solo Munster vice president candidate is Gerard Griffin, Araglen, Fermoy, Co Cork, and the North West vice president candidates are Ray Gilmartin, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim; and Caroline O’Dowd, Ballymote, Co Sligo.
The election will take place in the Irish Farm Centre in Dublin on April 7 and the elected candidates will take up office at the Macra AGM on May 9.
Hustings have already taken place at Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire, Cork, and the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim.
The events will continue tomorrow at Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny city, and on Wednesday, March 18 at McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co, Mayo, on Monday, March 23 at Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, and on Wednesday, March 25 at Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co Meath.
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