Members will begin voting next Tuesday night for three candidates vying to be IFA’s first Munster Chairman.
New regional chairmen will have a critical role in communicating with and supporting county executives, and co-ordinating campaigns at regional level.
All county executive members, including county officers, reps on national committees, two Macra reps and up to four delegates per branch, will vote by secret ballot in the election of regional chairmen.
Delegates’ votes from each branch will be weighted to reflect the turn-out of the same branch in the IFA presidential election in December. A branch turn-out of 8 to 25 members earns one vote, every extra 25 members earns an additional vote.
This means that a branch with four delegates at the county executive voting meeting, and 30 members at the branch AGM vote for president in December, would have eight weighted votes in the Munster chairman election.
The counting of votes will be on Dec 17.
Regional chairman candidates will be returned unopposed for South Leinster (IFA sheep chairman James Murphy); Connacht (former rural development chairman Tom Turley) and Ulster/Nth Leinster (Bert Stewart).
Munster candidates are:
* National dairy chairman Kevin Kiersey, Co Waterford: he farms in partnership with his brother John in a dairy, beef, and forestry enterprise.
Vice-chairman of the Irish Dairy Board, he is a board member of the National Dairy Council (NDC), Irish Cattle Breeders Federation (ICBF), and the Dairy Research Trust. Among his stated priorities are dairy industry rationalisation/collaboration; an increased beef live trade; equal treatment of farming children for education grants; and restoration of disadvantaged area payments.
* Former Co Kerry chairman James McCarthy: the holder of an agriculture degree from UCD, he has worked as a REPS planner, and milks 80 cows and finishes beef heifers. A member of the IFA farm business committee, he serves on Kerry’s County Development Board and Planning Strategic Planning committee.
* Former Limerick chairman Eddie Scanlan; a Macra national stockjudging winner in 1988, he says he wants price stability particularly for milk and cereals, so that farmers can plan their business, and a system of payment for beef and sheep that reflects the market and not the weather forecast. It is also one of his priorities that farmers do not live in fear of inspections. Voting in the nine counties in IFA’s Munster region will begin next Tuesday night, Nov 19, at 8pm in Ballincollig.
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