Contest looms for top IFA job

WITH Pat Murphy’s tenure as Galway IFA Chairman coming to an end next month, there is growing speculation that three candidates will now throw their hats into the ring over the coming week or so.

Menlough’s Anne Mitchell; Corofin’s Stephen Canavan and Eyrecourt’s Peter Gohery are all understood to be interested in the top IFA job in the county when the Galway IFA AGM is held in Athenry in early to mid-February.

Anne Mitchell, a full-time farmer from Menlough, is the Galway Farm Family Committee Chairperson, and was Director of Elections for Joe Healy during his successful national presidential campaign in early 2016. She will be bidding to be the first ever female chairman of the association in Galway.

Stephen Canavan is the current Galway IFA Animal Health Committee Chairman while Peter Gohery has been the Galway IFA, National Council delegate for the past four years.

There will also be considerable interest on who will fill Peter Gohery’s National Council position (his four-year tenure is now coming to an end), with speculation that long-time Turloughmore IFA activist, Martin Murphy, could be interested in filling that role.

Nomination papers for the different positions will be circulated over the coming week or so with the likely contest for ‘the chair’ destined to attract a record attendance at the AGM.

There are 78 IFA branches spread across Galway with many of them having the maximum 4 votes per branch. Close on 300 delegates could turn out for the AGM.