We need to restore trust, say new IFA President

Joe Healy takes over following convulsions over IFA executive pay

We need to restore trust, say new IFA President

File photo: Farmers on Merrion Square in Dublin before marching to Leinster House on the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) day of action against proposed cuts. Photo: Julien Behal / PA Archive/PA Images

The new president of the IFA says the organisation has a huge job ahead, if it's to restore the trust of farmers.

Co. Galway dairy farmer Joe Healy - who's never held a position before on the IFA executive - won over half the votes in today's count.

He succeeds Eddie Downey, who stepped down from the role last year because of the members' anger over pay at executive level.

Mr Healy says farmers need to have a bigger say in the direction the organisation takes: