Farm leader ‘not prepared to reveal all income received from the position’

‘Would be ‘nonsense’ to do so.’

Sligo News File Online

As controversy rages over the remuneration of key IFA figures, it’s reported that the leader of another national farm body has refused to disclose details of his earnings from the position.

John Comer, President, ICMSA.
John Comer, President,
ICMSA.

According to Mid West Radio, the president of the ICMSA, John Comer has said “he is not prepared to divulge his total earnings or claimed expenses,” as to do so would be “nonsense.”

Mid West reports that the Mayo farmer, who is also a board member of Ornua, the company to which Aurivo is switching its butter packing operations, has said he gets an “allowance” of up to €50,000, but declined  to reveal what he earns in total, including his expenses.

They state Mr. Comer has said that he has a right to privacy and ICMSA members have accepted that.

Sources have meanwhile indicated that the IFA is to withhold a €2 million severance package from its former secretary general, Pat Smith. The president of the association, Eddie Downey resigned during the week.

Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, TD.
Minister for Agriculture,
Simon Coveney, TD.

Earlier today, the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney said he was shocked to learn of the scale of the salary paid to the former secretary general. While it was not for him to say if it was acceptable or not he thought it was “inappropriate.”

An Agriland poll shows 84% of respondents think that the entire Executive of the IFA should resign.

The constitution of the association provides that the organisation must elect a new president within two months. Acting president, Tim O’Leary is said to have already announced that he intends to contest the election.