North Tipperary IFA elects Imelda Walsh, Ballywilliam, as new chair

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North Tipperary IFA elects Imelda Walsh, Ballywilliam, as new chair

Imelda Walsh, incoming chair for North Tipperary IFA

Ballywilliam farmer Imelda Walsh has been elected as the new chair of North Tipperary IFA.

Ms Walsh, who has acted as secretary for the past four years, replaces outgoing chair Tim Cullinan.

She was elected unopposed at the IFA executive meeting in Nenagh this Tuesday.

Imelda and her husband, Tom, are dairy farmers from the Ballywilliam IFA branch outside Nenagh, where they milk 120 cows.

She will take up the role in January at the executive's annual general meeting.

Following her election, Ms Walsh said farm incomes and inspections will be her main campaign targets.

“Beef farmers have it hard, the single farm payment is their income.

“The tillage industry is on its knees and if we don’t do something about that soon, it’ll be gone altogether.

“Yes, the dairy sector has had a good year here but we have to make that a sustainable income in the face of volatility,” she said.

Mr Cullinan praised her work during his time as chair.

“I always had great support from Imelda during my time as chair. There was never any stone left unturned in anything she did and I am fully confident that she will be an excellent chair. She has the full support of the executive," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Cullinan from Ballymackey has confirmed that he running to be the association’s next treasurer.

He is facing opposition from Pat Murphy, Farm Family chair Maura Canning and Dairy Committee chair Sean O’Leary.