INHFA national president, Colm O'Donnell.
The AGM of the INHFA held in Sligo last week saw Sligo farmers, Colm O’Donnell and Padraig Devaney assume the roles of president and vice president. The event, sponsored by Nutrias animal feeds, was addressed by Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed who informed the attendance of over 100 delegates of upcoming challenges around Brexit, CAP and climate change.
National President Colm O’Donnell who had already completed a two year term as president was clearly delighted on his re-election. Incoming vice president, Padraig Devaney, has been an active member of the organisation since its establishment in 2015 and had held the post of Sligo county chair since 2016.
A hill sheep farmer in north Sligo, Padraig sees the next two years as make or break for many farmers. The CAP reform, Brexit and possible measures resulting from the government's climate change and biodiversity emergency announcement will “lead to significant changes in farming practices in the coming years,” he said. For this reason “the role of the INHFA is vital as we need to ensure that the many farmers whose interests we represent are protected and where possible enhanced.”