Padraic Joyce, the Mayo IFA County Chairman, has been backed by his home county to go forward for the position of Connacht Regional Chairman.

Joyce was nominated last night (Monday 18) at the Welcome Inn in Castlebar.

Joyce now needs the support of one and not more than one Chairman of another County Executive in the Connacht region.

Meanwhile, Galway is to nominate a candidate for the Connacht position on Thursday night.

Two candidates have put their names forward for the job; current Connacht Chairman Tom Turley and Bertie Roche, who is on the IFA’s Environment and Rural Affairs Committee.

Looking to the other Connacht counties, Roscommon County Chairman John Hanley told Agriland that Roscommon IFA will be holding a County Executive meeting on Monday next.

It is understood that no one has put their name forward for the Connacht position from the county.

Sligo IFA is to hold a County Executive meeting in the next week also, according to County Chair JP Cowley. He also said that currently to his knowledge, no one in the county has put their name forward for candidacy.

Speaking to Agriland, James Gallagher, Leitrim IFA County Chairman, said that no one in Leitrim looks set to go forward for the regional position and that while the county will be holding an executive soon, the continued flooding problems will be on the agenda.