Irish Farmers' Association
|Native name||Feirmeoirí Aontaithe na hÉireann|
Joe Healy, President|
(vacant), General Secretary
Bryan Barry, Assistant General Secretary, Michael Treacy, European Director, Kevin Kinsella, Livestock Director, Catherine Lascurettes, Dairy Executive Secretary.
|Office location||Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin|
It was founded in January 1955 as the National Farmers Association (NFA), aiming to lead Irish farmers out of the depression and deprivation which had dominated rural Ireland for decades.
The NFA merged in the 1960s with four smaller organisations representing specific sectors (including Leinster Milk Producers (now Fresh Milk Producers), beet growers and horticulture) to form the Irish Farmers Association – the IFA.
In November 2015 Eddie Downey (President) and Pat Smith (General Secretary) resigned following controversy over salaries. Mr Smith's salary in 2013 had been €535,000. He resigned on 18 November. A week later members of the organisation's national executive council were informed that Mr Smith had been given a €2m severance payment and €2.7m pension. Eddie Downey admitted he had signed off this agreement, and resigned. Downey was earning €147,000 a year plus €50,000 in add-ons when he resigned.
The IFA confirmed that former IFA chief economist Con Lucey — who had attempted to raise concerns over financial issues and transparency before quitting under duress in 2014 — would oversee a review of salaries and expenses.
List of Presidents
|Juan Greene||1955–1962||County Kildare|
|Rickard Deasy||1962–1967||County Tipperary|
|T. J. Maher||1967–1976||County Tipperary|
|Paddy Lane||1976–1980||County Clare|
|Donal Cashman||1980–1984||County Cork|
|Joe Rea||1984–1988||County Tipperary|
|Tom Clinton||1988–1990||County Meath|
|Alan Gillis||1990–1994||County Kildare|
|John Donnelly||1994–1998||County Galway|
|Tom Parlon||1998–2002||County Offaly|
|John Dillon||2002–2006||County Limerick|
|Padraig Walshe||2006–2010||County Laois|
|John Bryan||2010–2014||County Kilkenny|
|Eddie Downey||2014–2015||County Meath|
- Ó Cionnaith, Fiachra (26 November 2015). "Eddie Downey resigns as IFA face multi-million euro legal pay battle". Today's Stories. Cork. Irish Examiner. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Walshe elected as IFA president". RTÉ News. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
- "Bryan elected IFA president". RTÉ News. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2009.