The Macra na Feirme Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections were held in the Irish Farm Centre, Dublin, today.
Thomas Duffy from Virginia, Cavan has been declared the 37th Macra na Feirme National President. He has been a member Ramor Macra since he was 17. Thomas is the current National Chair of Macra na Feirme and has also served as Macra’s Ag Affairs Vice Chairperson and Cavan’s Young Farmer Chair in the past.
A dairy farmer and part-time agricultural advisor, Thomas says he intends to bring ‘The drive, passion and ambition that is required to ensure that in its 75th year and beyond, Macra will be the voice of rural youth and agriculture.’
Results were also announced in the vice-presidential elections for Macra’s three regions, Munster, Leinster and the North West.
Fergus O’Rourke from Carrigallen, Leitrim was declared the winner in the North West race, Gerard Mahon from Tullamore, Offaly has been elected as Leinster Vice President and Sean Wallace from Donoughmore, Cork is the new Munster Vice President.
The three new vice-presidents will take up their positions alongside president-elect, Tomas Duffy, at Macra's National AGM in Kildare on the 11th of May 2019.
Speaking after the results of the election, current National President, James Healy, who presided over the election said, “Congratulations to all candidates for the campaigns they ran. This was a great election, highlighting the best of Macra in terms of leadership, debate and public speaking. I look forward to the inauguration ceremony at the Macra na Feirme national AGM on the 11th of May in Athy, Kildare.