IFA election voting continues across Laois this week

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IFA election voting continues across Laois this week

Outgoing President, Joe Healy

Voting to elect the 16th President of the Irish Farmers’ Association continues in IFA branches this week.

Laois IFA County Chairman Francis Gorman has encouraged farmers to attend the Association’s 20 branch meetings and vote for the positions of President and Deputy President.

“Our Presidential Election gives every member the same say in choosing the next President of IFA. It’s an important exercise in democracy and it affords farmers across all enterprises, and in every part of the country, an equal voice in deciding who is best placed to represent Irish farmers from 2020 on,” he said.

John Coughlan from the Buttevant branch in North Cork, Tim Cullinan from the Toomevara branch in North Tipperary and Angus Woods from the Barndarrig branch in Wicklow are running for the position of IFA President.

The candidates for IFA Deputy President are Thomas Cooney from the Laragh branch in Cavan and Brian Rushe from the Carbury/Cadamstown branch in Kildare

Among the branches voting on the opening week were Luggacurren, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Ballinakill, Camross, Clough, Abbeyleix, Clonaghadoo, Clonaslee, Spink, The Heath and Borris In Ossory.

The National Count will take place in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, December 17.

The next President of the Irish Farmers’ Association will take up office at the AGM in January 2020.

The meetings this week are, Portarlington, December 3 Portarlington Golf Links Meeting Room, 8.30pm

- Portlaoise, December 3, Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise

- Rathdowney, December 3, The Brewery, Rathdowney

- Ratheniska, December 4, Ratheniska Hall

- Stradbally, December 4, Ramsbottoms Lounge

- Timahoe, December 5, Community Hall, Timahoe

- Durrow, December 6, Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow

- Vicarstown, December 6, The Old School, Vicarstown

All meetings take place at 8.30pm.