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.


Mick Galwey Endorses Bryan Campaign

November 23rd, 2009

Munster and Irish international rugby legend, Mick Galwey, has endorsed Kilkenny farmer, John Bryan, in his bid to become the next President of the IFA.

A native of Currow, Galwey is not the only Kerry person involved in John Bryan’s campaign.  Bill Costello, also a native of Currow, is manager of Bryan’s election campaign.

Well known to thousands of Kerry farm families, Bill Costello spent 17 years, from 1969 to 1986, as an agricultural adviser in Kerry.  He then moved to Kilkenny where he acted as Chief Agricultural Officer (CAO) and was Teagasc Area Manager for Kilkenny and Waterford until his retirement two years ago.

He visited hundreds of IFA members in Kerry during the past two weeks seeking their support for John Bryan.


Mick Galwey Endorses Bryan Campaign

Mick Galwey Endorses Bryan Campaign

Bill Costello (centre) and Mick Galwey are pictured with John Bryan outside Kilkenny mart last week.

Local Planners must Learn from Past Mistakes

November 11th, 2009

Local authorities must learn from the enormous mistakes made in recent years in planning and house building, according to IFA presidential candidate, John Bryan.

Addressing the Local Authority Members’ Association conference in Limerick, John Bryan said the decisions to establish large scale housing developments in towns and villages where demand never existed exemplified the madness in the construction bubble. At the same time, many local authorities were refusing to allow family members build a home on the family farm.

Speaking to 250 elected members of local authorities at the Limerick conference, John Bryan also said that he was very concerned about the additional powers being given to the Minister for the Environment over local planning in new legislation that is now being framed.

“The current Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, is distinctly anti rural Ireland and has no appreciation of the role of the family farm in maintaining vibrant rural communities. Farmers and those representing them on local authorities have reason to be worried about his extreme green agenda,” said John Bryan.

He called on elected local representatives to join with the IFA in lobbying Ministers and members of the Oireachtas to ensure that the cutbacks in REPS and other schemes are reversed.

“The cutbacks will cost the rural economy more than double the actual savings and will result in more than 20,000 job losses in rural areas. Councillors elected by members of the farming community must ensure that the government is fully aware of the impact of its decisions,” he said.