Tag Archives: IFA

A New IFA or More Of The Old


I haven’t written a post on the IFA (Irish Farmers Association) since January, I had intended writing one before the election last week but April is turning out to be one of those ridiculously busy months (throw transferring to a company, visitors, bad weather and a double confirmation into an already busy time and you get the picture – just don’t mention book number 3 for a few days!). That post would have wished the candidates well and [...]

Interesting times for IFA next week


It’s going to be an interesting week in Irish farming politics this week. Before I write about upcoming events, perhaps some reflections on what has (or hasn’t) happened since the Con Lucey report was published.

What seems to be infuriating most farmers is that the report only went back to 2009 and there doesn’t seem to be any signs to reveal any key information before that date. Berkery (former General Secretary) and others are warning the IFA that they [...]

Will The IFA Survive?

Lorna on Prime Time

Last Thursday, farmers heard that Pat Smith, the Executive Secretary to the IFA received almost €1million as income in two years. As I pointed out in my post last Friday, these funds were taken from the annual income of the IFA, about €13 million. Farmers paid membership subscriptions and levies to fund this.

It appears that he was removed from his post on the same day. Last Friday, he was still being described as a brilliant strategist. But was [...]

Does the IFA really have farmers’ best interests at heart?

Juggling The Plates in the Air - Farmer's Wife

Some time ago, a man asked me were blogs not dangerous? After all, blogs written by people and published with no editorial restraint could be incendiary devices, and could compel other people to commit all sorts of atrocities. He seemed to see blogs as inherently biased. I had to laugh as every single publication will have a bias. Most editors will be mindful of what big businesses place advertising with them when they write their editorials. And indeed, any visitor [...]