Former Barryroe Chairman to seek nomination for IFA Munster President

John O’Brien a prominent dairy farmer from Barryroe, Cork, is looking for IFA Cork Central to back his bid to become the next IFA Munster Chairman.

O’Brien has served as Chairman of Barryroe Co-op for seven years, two years on the board of Carbery and also on the board of Ornua and is seeking the nomination at tonight’s Cork Central meeting.

He told Agriland that he has been approached by a number of people over the past few weeks about running and after consideration decided to put his name forward.

“I have extensive experience of corporate governance through my work with Barryroe, Carbery and the Irish Dairy Board (Ornua).”

O’Brien, who milks 200 cows in Barryroe, said he has been more involved in co-ops than IFA politics in recent years, but that there seems to be an appetite for change if IFA at the moment.

Tonight’s meeting of Cork Central will also hear whether Tim O’Leary will contest the position of IFA Deputy President.

County Chairman Jimmy Hosford said he had not heard of other nominations for the role of Regional Chairman or whether Tim O’Leary would look for the Cork Central nomination to run for Deputy President again.

The current Munster Chairman James McCarthy hasn’t decided yet whether he will seek the nomination to run for Munster Chairman again.

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