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IFA must go back to its founding principles – Ferris

25 November, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD


Speaking following the resignation of IFA president, Eddie Downey, Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD has said: “I believe that Eddie Downey had no choice after the revelations of the past week”.

He added:

“My sincere hope is that the association can recover and go back to the role for which it was founded: to represent Irish farmers.

“As a member of the IFA and as a public representative, I am disappointed and angry at the apparent sense of entitlement which seems to have been prevalent in Bluebell.

“The majority of Irish farmers are having a hard time now and in the recent past. Many of them are struggling to survive on small incomes and frankly, I don't believe that people earning a fortune are sufficiently in touch with their reality to adequately represent them.

“I sincerely hope that a newly-reformed association can go back to doing the job it is meant to do.”

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