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Laois beef farmer re-elected to national IFA role following postal ballot

Declan Hanrahan, a suckler and beef farmer from Borris-in-Ossory, has been re-elected vice-chairman of the IFA livestock committee.

Hanrahan is the current livestock representative for Laois and was re-elected today following a postal vote of the IFA livestock committee.

He originally came into the role last August after succeeding Brendan Golden, who was elected to the position of livestock committee chair.

The role will see the Laois man attend IFA national council meetings to represent beef farmers.

A postal ballot of the IFA livestock committee was held to ensure Government guidelines for COVID-19 were observed.

Wicklow native Stephen Arthur has also been elected Chairman of the IFA National Dairy Committee.

He takes up the role immediately as he had been serving as Acting Chairman since Tom Phelan stepped down.

IFA National Returning Officer Martin Stapleton said there had been a large return of postal ballots for the two positions.

He said: “Since National Council decided to hold elections remotely to comply with COVID-19 restrictions, our members have responded positively to the new postal system.

“We are determined to fill all positions as they fall vacant.”

Congratulations Declan!

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.