The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) is under fire over its president’s salary, according to the Irish Independent.
The IFA has refused to clarify whether its president, Joe Healy’s, salary of €120,000 includes director’s fees.
Mr Healy is legally entitled to receive directors’ fees, which due to the two board positions he holds will add up to approximately €62,000.
The IFA is refusing to comment whether his salary of €120,000 includes these fee’s or if they are surplus to it. They only confirmed that he directly receives these payments.
Lack Of Transparency
This news comes two years after Mr Healy was elected president of the organisation amid a pay scandal in the farming sector.
The Irish Independent reported that Mr Healy presented himself as a ‘candidate untainted by the pay controversy that had embroiled the farming organisation over the previous months’.
He has said in the run-up to the election that members should be entitled to find out and receive more information regarding the topic and that the organisation needed “greater transparency”.
The former IFA Chief Economist, Con Lucey, recommended that the President's remuneration would not include director's fees. Lucey said that the fees should go to the individual, but “payment from IFA should be reduced by the same amount".
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