The first candidate to declare his intention in contesting the Macra na Feirme 2021 election for the role of national president has emerged in the form of John Keane.

Keane, a former chairman of Macra’s national Agricultural Affairs committee, announced his intention to run for president last night (Thursday, February 25).

The dairy farmer, from Errill, Co. Laois, is a member of Devil’s Bit Macra in North Tipperary, where he has served as both club and county chairman.

Keane was one of organisers of the ‘Make the Moove – Farmers Matter’ mental health and wellbeing initiative which held a number of workshops in 2019.

He was also among the recipients of the 2020 ABP National Leadership Awards held by Macra back in December.

In a statement on social media last night, Keane said: “I am delighted to announce that I am putting myself forward as a candidate for Macra Na Feirme President 2021-2023.

“I look forward to speaking with clubs/regions and members over the coming days and weeks on both the challenges and opportunities our organisation can embrace.

The support of my club Devilsbit Macra Na Feirme and my region North Tipp Macra Na Feirme is something that has been a constant from the beginning of my Macra journey many years ago.

“I hope that the experience I have garnered from the opportunities I have been lucky to receive in Macra at club, county and national level will allow me to continue to be a positive influence in our organisation into the future,” Keane concluded.