Candidates for IFA presidency address special Donegal meeting

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As the Irish Farmers Association prepares to choose a new president and vice president, the candidates for the two positions were in Letterkenny's Clanree Hotel last night for a debate.

Last night's meeting was addressed by the three candidates for the presidency of the IFA - Flor McCarthy from Kerry, Joe Healy from Galway and Henry Burns from Laois).

Over 150 people heard them outline their thoughts on how the association should move forward.

The meeting also heard from the three candidates contesting the race for Deputy President ; Richard Kennedy from Limerick, Nigel Renaghan from Monaghan and Pat Farrell from Kildare.

Donegal has 30 IFA branches and all members have a vote for the posts.

Voting will take place between Tuesday, March 29th and Thursday, April 14th.

Last November, the organisation was rocked by a payments and salaries scandal that led to the departure of General Secretary, Pat Smith, and President, Eddie Downey.

On tonight's Farming News and Views programme on Highland radio after the 7pm news there will be interviews with all three presidential candidates.