Tipperary IFA back Joe Healy in presidential race

Elections

Tipperary IFA back Joe Healy in presidential race

Tipperary IFA members got solidly behind Joe Healy from Athenry in his bid to become the next leader of the farming organisation.

With counting still underway in the IFA Centre in Dublin, North Tipperary gave Mr Healy, whose wife, Margaret, is from Hollyford, a total of 779 votes, with 405 going to Laois candidate Henry Burns and 82 to Cork's Flor McCarthy.

In South Tipp, Mr Healy got 571, with Mr Burns getting 203 and Mr Carthy again well behind on 62.

Apart from Tipperary, Mr Healy took the following counties: Sligo, Louth, Dublin, Clare, Roscommon, Limerick, Cork North, Waterford, Cork Central, Mayo, Donegal, Meath, Leitrim and Wexford.

Mr Burns won out in his home base of Laois as well as in Kildare, Wicklow and Offaly, with only Cork West and Kerry getting behind Mr McCarthy.

In the deputy president contest, Limerick farmer Richard Kennedy swept Munster, with Pat Farrell of Kildare his home county as well as Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Laois, and Offaly. Monaghan's Nigel Renagan claimed Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Louth, Leitrim and Meath.

The first count is continuing.