IFA appoint new secretary of the of the National Council

The Irish Farmers’ Association has announced the appointment of Elaine Farrell as the Secretary of the National Council, which is the governing body of the Association.


She takes up the role from Bryan Barry, who is retiring after 34 years’ service with IFA.


Farrell, a native of Castletownroche, Co. Cork with over 25 years’ service with IFA, currently oversees IFA’s engagement with the Oireachtas, the retail sector and co-ordinating  Brexit activities.


The President of the IFA Tim Cullinan said the National Council had approved the appointment on Friday.


Elsewhere the IFA has called on Meat Industry Ireland to provide electronic payment facilities for farmers who are selling livestock.


The Chairman of the Livestock Committee Brendan Golden and the Chairman of the Sheep Committee Sean Dennehy met MII recently to discuss the provision of electronic payments.


The calls are deemed necessary and timely after the exit of Ulster Bank and the branch closures announced by Bank of Ireland will lead to a further contraction of banking services in rural Ireland.