Those who pay the IFA salaries have a right to know – Martin Ferris TD

‘The revelation that the executive did not know what the general secretary was being paid … is shocking.’

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Speaking following the resignation from the Irish Farmers’ Association of general secretary, Pat Smith, Sinn Féin spokesman on agriculture, food and the marine, Martin Ferris TD, called for transparency on salaries and benefits within the Association.

Martin Ferris, TD Sinn Fein Spokesman on Agriculture & Rural Development
Martin Ferris, TD
Sinn Fein Spokesman on Agriculture & Rural Development

Deputy Ferris said:

“Not only as a public representative, but as a member of the IFA, I think I and all the members have a right to know what salaries and benefits are being enjoyed by employees of the Association.

“The revelation that the executive did not know what the general secretary was being paid nor what other benefits were being enjoyed by him is shocking.

“I call on the IFA leadership and executive to revise policies and guarantee more transparency about such matters to the members, who after all, pay the salaries and who have a right to know where their money is going.

“If new legislation is necessary to guarantee more transparency about salaries in the voluntary sector, then let it be introduced,” he added.