The Ploughing Championships have arrived at an appropriate time for members of the IFA who were given plenty of notice of the important business of selecting the successor to Tim Cullinan as President of the Association in three months time.
Two candidates have emerged for the post, the Returning Officer of the Association Brian Rushe confirmed at the weekend. These are Francie Gorman from County Laois and Martin Stapleton of Limerick, both having achieved the requisite total of nominations for the post.
Having foisted the proposal to invite the EU Commissioner Virginijust Sknkevičius to come to Ireland and to take a personal look at how farming practices are conducted here, the President of the IFA, Tim Cullinan, followed up by leading a delegation to meet with a group of Fine Gael politicians during the party ‘think-in’ in Limerick over last weekend.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has agreed to send the invitation to the Lithuanian politician where he could meet with senior government and farming representatives to get a full understanding of the impacts of the the Nitrates Directives for Ireland. Any relief that can be afforded to Irish farmers will be very welcome indeed and the fact that practices in this country differ significantly to those in other member countries needs to be acknowledged.Read the full story in Kerry’s Eye Digital Edition.