IFA Presidential Debate hits Longford

IFA’s presidential debate took place in Longford last night.

There are six candidates in the race - three for the position of vice president and three battling it out for president.   

In the race for vice president are Pat Farrell - a farmer from Co Kildare; Richard Kennedy - former IFA National Chairman and Nigel Renaghan who is a beef and poultry farmer in Co Monaghan.

Vying for the presidential tile are Joe Healy, a dairy farmer from Athenry, Co Galway; Henry Burns a beef, sheep and tillage farmer from Co Laois and Flor McCarthy - farmer from Co Kerry.

On the night all candidates spoke about the importance of protecting farm families and the need for a retail ombudsman to tackle below cost of production prices.

CAP was also on the agenda and the importance of revisiting the matter so that Irish farmers can avail of  all that is on offer from the EU agricultural funding model was discussed at length.  More details in next week’s Longford Leader.