Video: 16th IFA president to be announced
The 16th president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17.
The IFA national count will take place at the Castleknock Hotel, Co. Dublin from 9:00am tomorrow morning, with a first count expected to emerge around mid-to-late afternoon.
Voting to find Joe Healy’s successor has been taking place at the IFA’s 944 branches from Monday, November 25, and drew to a close last Friday, November 13.
Before voting took place, a total of 17 debates were hosted across the country to give IFA members a chance to hear from the candidates and question their ideas for the future of the organisation.
The video below gives a flavour of what the three IFA presidential candidates – John Coughlan, Tim Cullinan, and Angus Woods – had to say at the final presidential debate in Co. Carlow.
Unlike previous IFA elections, this one would appear too close to call.
However, sources across the country have expressed concern at voter turnout in Co. Cork and have told AgriLand this could well leave early election front runner John Coughlan – who has been described by some voters as ‘a safe pair of hands’ – under pressure.
Meanwhile, Angus Woods and Tim Cullinan appear to be neck-and-neck as the race draws to a close.
IFA sources across the country have said that Cullinan’s “radical approach” struck a chord with many IFA voters nationwide while Angus Woods’ “realist approach” appears to have been welcomed by other voters.
— Irish Farmers’ Association (@IFAmedia) December 16, 2019
The big challenge in the election (carried out in a proportional representation style) is that all three candidates want to avoid being bottom of the pile on the first count.
The candidate who receives the lowest number of first-preference votes following the first count will be eliminated and their ‘Number 2’ votes will then be transferred to the remaining two candidates.
Two contestants ran in the IFA deputy election – Co. Cavan’s Thomas Cooney and Co. Kildare’s Brian Rushe.
Both candidates appeared to come across very well to the IFA members with Rushe being described as “a very polished speaker” and Cooney being referred to as “the most experienced candidate”.
As there are only two candidates running in this race, the successful candidate will be elected on a first-past-the-post majority system.
Stay tuned to AgriLand for further updates on this story as the count progresses tomorrow.