‘Farmers want an organisation they’re proud of and that’s delivering for them’

New IFA president Joe Healy hopes to shake off last year’s pay scandal and reinvigorate the association from the ground up

18th September, 2016
Joe Healy was elected president of the IFA on the first count Picture: Fergal Phillips

Joe Healy was going to bed one night last year when he spotted a book on his locker that he had read a few years earlier. It was former Irish rugby manager Eddie O’Sullivan’s autobiography Never Die Wondering. “I thought, maybe that’s an omen,” he said.

Healy went ahead to run successfully for the presidency of the Irish Farmers’ Association, one of the country’s strongest lobby organisations,...

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