Fine Gael South MEP Kelly congratulates Healy on becoming IFA president


Fine Gael South MEP Kelly congratulates Healy on becoming IFA president

The leader of the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly MEP, has congratulated the newly-elected president of the IFA, Joe Healy from Athenry, County Galway.

Mr Healy has links to Tipperary as his wife, Margaret, hails from Hollyford.

"I want to send my congratulations to Joe on his election and also to the two other candidates Henry Burns and Flor McCarthy. All three held interesting and lively debates over the course of the campaign and I attended many of them," said Mr Kelly.

The MEP added that the new IFA President takes over at a challenging time for agriculture and wished him well in his apointment.

Mr Healy was also congratulated by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, who said: “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 €10.8bn 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.