Gar­dai probe al­leged as­sault at IFA meet­ing

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS - MAR­GARET DON­NELLY

GARDAÍ are prob­ing an al­leged as­sault af­ter an in­ci­dent between two mem­bers of the Ir­ish Farm­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (IFA).

The al­leged as­sault took place Tues­day, April 17 when a mem­ber of Roscom­mon IFA con­fronted a se­nior mem­ber of the IFA in an Athlone ho­tel.

The farmer said that he wanted the or­gan­i­sa­tion to chal­lenge Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed on his han­dling of the fod­der cri­sis.

He said he also wanted to bring to the IFA’s at­ten­tion al­le­ga­tions that in a pre­vi­ous IFA pres­i­den­tial elec­tion he was il­le­gally can­vassed to vote in more than one branch.

How­ever, it’s un­der­stood that the ver­bal ex­change turned phys­i­cal as the se­nior IFA fig­ure at­tempted to exit the ho­tel lobby.

Gardaí have con­firmed a state­ment was made al­leg­ing an as­sault was car­ried out.

A spokesper­son con­firmed that in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the al­leged in­ci­dent are on­go­ing but that no ar­rests have been made.

An IFA spokesman said the as­so­ci­a­tion had no com­ment.

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