A Message From John

I am offering myself as a candidate for the offce of IFA President because I believe I have the track record, energy and negotiating skills to provide strong and effective leadership at this time of enormous diffculty for farmers. As Chairman of the National Livestock Committee of the IFA, I delivered real benefts for farmers and the economy. Among my achievements were:

  1. Banning of Brazilian beef imports into the EU,
  2. Protecting live exports through radical changes in regulations on transport,
  3. Negotiating the Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme against all the odds,
  4. Boosting the Single Farm Payment through successfu negotiation of the beef premium overshoot.

I have the track record in delivering for farmers. I am committed to devote every ounce of energy at my disposal in fghting the savage cutbacks of recent months and in protecting the vital Single Farm Payment. I am asking for your No 1 vote in the election.

Record numbers turn out to elect Bryan as new IFA President

December 22nd, 2009

FARMERS turned out in record numbers to elect John Bryan as new president of the IFA.

The Kilkenny man last night said he was in for the long haul to secure a better deal for farmers.

John Bryan secured a resounding victory to become the next president of the Irish Farmers Association, outpolling his nearest rival by two to one.

The scale of his victory, winning 56% of the vote on a record turnout, meant the count at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel did not have to go to transfers, and he was declared elected after the first round.

Outgoing Deputy President Derek Deane from Carlow came second on 28pc and Dairy Chairman Richard Kennedy from Limerick trailed on 16pc. More than 40,000 members turned out to cast their votes at 947 IFA branches over the last three weeks.

John was victorious in all four provinces but he enjoyed particular success in Connacht, where his previous achievements for beef farmers — most notably driving an EU-wide ban on Brazilian beef imports — helped him win by six to one in counties such as Galway.

The 51 year old from Inistioge has pledged to work tirelessly to secure better prices for farmers, by sitting down with processors and supermarkets to negotiate.

Thank You From John

December 21st, 2009

Polling is now complete in the IFA Presidential Elections, 2009. John would like to thank all of his supporters for their excellent hard work during the campaign.

A particular Thank You to those helpers from outside Kilkenny who were very hospitable while we were working in their areas.