Irish Farmers' Association
|Native name||Feirmeoirí Aontaithe na hÉireann|
|Key people||Eddie Downey, President
Pat Smith, General Secretary
Bryan Barry, Assistant General Secretary, Michael Treacy, European Director, Kevin Kinsella, Livestock Director, Catherine Lascurettes, Dairy Executive Secretary.
|Office location||Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin|
The Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) (Irish: Feirmeoirí Aontaithe na hÉireann) is a national organisation to represent the interests of all sectors of farming in Ireland. It was founded in January 1955 as the National Farmers Association (NFA), aiming to lead Irish farmers out of the depression and deprivation which had dominated rural Ireland for decades.
The NFA merged in the 1960s with four smaller organisations representing specific sectors (including Leinster Milk Producers (now Fresh Milk Producers), beet growers and horticulture) to form the Irish Farmers Association – the IFA.
List of Presidents
|Juan Greene||1955–1962||County Kildare|
|Rickard Deasy||1962–1967||County Tipperary|
|T. J. Maher||1967–1976||County Tipperary|
|Paddy Lane||1976–1980||County Clare|
|Donal Cashman||1980–1984||County Cork|
|Joe Rea||1984–1988||County Tipperary|
|Tom Clinton||1988–1990||County Meath|
|Alan Gillis||1990–1994||County Kildare|
|John Donnelly||1994–1998||County Galway|
|Tom Parlon||1998–2002||County Offaly|
|John Dillon||2002–2006||County Limerick|
|Padraig Walshe||2006–2010||County Laois|
|John Bryan||2010–2014||County Kilkenny|
|Eddie Downey||2014-||County Meath|