Tom Doyle has been elected Chairman of the IFA National Farm Business Committee. He succeeds James Kane, who has completed his four-year term.
He is a livestock and tillage farmer from Gorey, Co Wexford.
Mr Doyle said his priorities on taking over as Chairman are to ensure there is equitable treatment for farmers in the taxation system and the availability of credit for the agriculture sector. In particular, he re-iterated IFA’s opposition to any proposals to include productive assets when assessing eligibility for 3rd-level education grants.
He identified his first task as IFA’s submission to the Department of Finance ahead of the publication of the Finance Bill next month.
Tom Doyle said he would be highlighting bank credit issues, including access to credit at competitive rates for farm customers, and the need for banks to deal constructively with credit difficulties.