Ian Marshall (farmer)

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Senator
Ian Marshall
Senator
Assumed office
27 April 2018
Constituency Agricultural Panel
Personal details
Born Markethill, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Political party Independent
Alma mater Ulster University

Ian Marshall is a farmer and politician from Markethill, County Armagh, in Northern Ireland.[1] He is from a unionist background and campaigned against Brexit.[1][2] He was elected to Seanad Éireann in Dublin in 2018.

Farming[edit]

Marshall is a dairy farmer in the agrifood sector and was president of the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) from 2014 to 2016.[3][4] In 2015 he invested in the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive scheme and later complained that its critics made no distinction between legitimate investors and those who misused the scheme.[5] In February 2017 the UFU successfully challenged a 2012 reduction by DARD in Marshall's CAP grant, provoked by nitrate pollution detected by NIEA near his farm in 2010–2011, on the basis that the pollution was unintentional.[6] In August 2017, Marshall was appointed Business Development Manager at the Institute for Global Food Security in Queen's University Belfast.[7][8]

Seanad[edit]

Marshall was elected to the 25th Seanad on 27 April 2018 in a by-election for the Agricultural Panel.[9] The vacancy was caused by the resignation of Denis Landy. He was approached to stand by Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader; his candidacy was also supported by Sinn Féin.[8][9] He has never been a member of a political party and sits as an independent.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McMahon, Aine (16 February 2018). "Former Ulster Farmers' Union president set to run for Seanad". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Sinn Féin to back anti-Brexit campaigner Ian Marshall for the Seanad". The Irish Times. 24 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Sinn Féin backs unionist farmer Ian Marshall for Senate". BBC News. 24 April 2018. 
  4. ^ Donnelly, Margaret (1 May 2014). "New leadership team elected at UFU AGM". Agriland. Retrieved 27 April 2018. ; "New leadership team at UFU". News (Press release). Ulster Farmers Union. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  5. ^ McCullough, Chris (19 December 2016). "End witch hunt, urges ex-farmers' union chief who signed up for RHI". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Judicial review supports UFU position ,". News (Press release). Ulster Farmers Union. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Ian Marshall IGFS appointment". Staff Gateway. Queen's University Belfast. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "Sinn Féin backs unionist farmer in Seanad by-election". RTÉ.ie. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "Unionist farmer takes one of two Seanad seats". RTÉ News. 27 April 2018. 
  10. ^ Adair, Gordon (27 April 2018). "Sinn Féin votes help unionist into Irish senate". BBC Online. Retrieved 28 April 2018.