Louth IFA members show backing for new president Joe Healy
Louth IFA members yesterday helped Galway dairy farmer Joe Healy become the new president of the Irish Farmers’ Association.
Mr Healy, who was initially regarded as an outsider for the president’s role, was elected on the first count yesterday with over 50 per cent of first preference votes.
The 49-year-old beat off the challenges of IFA livestock chairman Henry Burns and the group’s rural development boss Flor McCarthy to become the 15th president of the organisation and only the second Galway candidate to triumph.
Of the 266 votes cast in Louth, 131 went to Healy with Burns closely behind with 115 and McCarthy gaining 20 votes.