Newly elected Irish Farmers Association President wants more transparency within his organisation

Joe Healy won the IFA election on Tuesday

The new President of Irish Farmers Association says he'd back the publication of pay conditions within the body.

Joe Healy says the organisation needs to be more transparent.

He was elected on the first count yesterday - after controversy over pay and conditions led to an ousting of several members of the executive.

5,000 people decided not to renew their membership in the wake of the row - while 63 per cent of the remaining 75,000 members didn't vote.

Mr Healy says the IFA needs to focus on farm incomes:

Acting Minister Coveney also released a statement on the election: "I would like to congratulate Joe Healy on his election as the new President of the IFA following a keenly fought election campaign." 

"The IFA is an organisation which provides strong representation for farmers across a range of sectors. I have always enjoyed a good working relationship with the IFA and I look forward to continuing this with Joe."

"The agriculture industry is a key economic driver for Ireland and we all recognise its essential role in Ireland's economy. Last year alone the value of Irish food and drink exports increased to exceed €10.8 billion for the first time."

"I would like to wish Joe the very best as he takes office and we continue to work together to ensure that our industry is a world class food producer and exporter."