Francie Gorman Voted To Be The 17th President Of The Irish Farmers Association

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A County Laois drystock farmer is set to become the President of the Irish Farmers Association.

Francie Gorman will be the 17th President and will take over from Tipperary pig farmer Tim Cullinan on January 9th.

Mr Gorman received 55.8pc (16,699) votes of the 29,909 valid votes.

The Laois farmer says he had a clear and strong mandate from farmers adding it’s a responsibility that will sit on his shoulders for the next four years and hr will deliver on it.

His rival Martin Stapleton, a Limerick dairy farmer won votes in his home county, and also in Cork, Tipperary and Kerry

This year the election saw the introduction of a postal vote, with over 21,000 members opting to vote by post, while another 9,000 voted in their local branch, a 42pc turnout.

Wexford woman Alice Doyle was elected the first female Deputy President of the Association.