Pat Murphy launched his campaign to become the next deputy president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) in Co. Galway on Saturday, September 22. The event took place at Bradley’s Bar in Labane and was attended by approximately 150 people. Murphy, who is currently the IFA Connacht regional chair, emphasized the importance of supporting family farms and the food they produce. He stated that a strong IFA with leaders who understand the challenges faced by farming families is crucial. Locally produced lamb, beef, and cheese were served at the launch, highlighting the significance of Irish agricultural products.
Murphy addressed the challenges that farm families are currently facing, including issues related to nitrates derogation, emissions targets, and carbon credits. He stressed that these factors directly impact farmers’ ability to produce food and sustain their livelihoods. As a family man with three children in college, Murphy acknowledged the struggles faced by farming families and expressed his commitment to addressing their concerns. He criticized government decisions that have added to these challenges and emphasized the need for a strong IFA and effective leadership within the organization.
Pat Murphy highlighted his extensive experience of over 20 years in the IFA, starting as a county officer and eventually becoming a regional chair. He also mentioned his coaching and leadership skills gained through his involvement with the local Ardrahan GAA club. Murphy emphasized his commitment to listening to the concerns of farmers and highlighted his achievements as the Connacht chair, including the implementation of the Connacht white paper and the importation of fertilizers from Northern Ireland to reduce costs for farmers.
Alice Doyle, the current chairperson of the IFA’s Farm Family and Social Affairs Committee and a beef farmer, is also running for the deputy presidential position. Both candidates participated in their first debate during the Agriland livestream from the National Ploughing Championships on September 20. A series of hustings will be held across the country in the coming months, leading up to the IFA members’ voting in November. The election count will take place in December.
Murphy expressed his enthusiasm for the campaign and his enjoyment of meeting people during the Ploughing Championships. He emphasized the importance of listening to farmers’ queries and concerns and acknowledged that the IFA has made mistakes in the past. He emphasized the need to continuously improve and address the needs of farmers based on their feedback.
In conclusion, Pat Murphy’s campaign for the deputy presidency of the IFA is focused on supporting family farms and addressing the challenges faced by farming families. His experience in the IFA, along with his coaching and leadership skills, make him a strong candidate for the position. The upcoming months will involve further debates and engagements with IFA members, leading up to the election in December.