Many topics up for discussion as IFA presidential candidates address Donegal farmers tonight in Letterkenny
The IFA presidential election debates in Donegal take place tonight, Monday, November 18 in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny at 8pm
17 debates in total have been organised around the country throughout the month of November.
Three candidates have been nominated to run for IFA president – 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.
The national returning officer, Richard Kennedy, is encouraging farmers to attend the debate in their area to hear from each of the candidates.
“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.
Each debate will begin with the two candidates for deputy president making their pitch. They are Thomas Cooney from the Laragh branch in Cavan and Brian Rushe from the Carbury-Cadamstown branch in Kildare.
Voting in IFA branches will begin on Tuesday, November 25 and end on Friday, December 13. The election count will take place on Tuesday, December 17 in the Castleknock Hotel in Dublin.
Branches in Donegal will be meeting and voting in this time. All members should make every effort to get to their relevant branch meeting in order to vote. The IFA will be writing out to every member shortly to confirm details of their local branch meeting.
Donegal IFA county chairman Brendan McLaughlin from Manorcunningham, said they were delighted to be able to welcome the presidential and deputy presidential candidates to Donegal.
"We look forward to being able to hear what each of them envisions in taking IFA forward and tackling the many issues facing Irish agriculture in the future. Being a border county, Donegal faces many challenges and threats namely Brexit and other local, national and international problems.
"We need a strong and effective president and deputy president to help us deal with these issues head on. I strongly urge all IFA members in Donegal to come to our presidential debate in Letterkenny so that they can make up their minds before casting their vote in the weeks ahead,” he said.
The next President will take up office at the AGM in January 2020.