‘Fearless Defender of Farmers’ – Tributes to the sudden death of former IFA President Padraig Walshe
Ireland’s farming community is in “shock” following the sudden death of former IFA President Padraig Walshe earlier this morning.
FA President Tim Cullinan paid tribute to Mr Walshe, describing him as a “fearless” defender of farmers.
He said farmers across the country were “in shock” at the loss of a respected advocate for agriculture.
“This is devastating news for his family,” Cullinan said. “On behalf of the farming community, I would like to express our condolences to his family and friends. This is a great loss for them and it is a very difficult time.
“Padraig Walshe leaves a strong legacy of farmer leadership, from his time as President of Macra na Feirme to President of the IFA and also as the first Irish leader to chair the European Farmers’ Group COPA.”
Mr Walshe is said to have been at the forefront of the agricultural sector and explained that science is the way forward for agriculture.
He was elected President of Macra na Feirme in 1987 and subsequently served as Chairman of the IFA Dairy Committee and National Treasurer of the IFA.
In 2006 he became the 12th President of the Irish Farmers Association and in 2009 he was elected President of COPA by farm leaders from across Europe.
After leaving the IFA, Mr Walshe was Chairman of Farmer Business Developments Plc and remained a Director of FBD until his death.
Mr Walshe, a dairy farmer from Durrow, Co. Laois, is survived by his wife Ella, three daughters and a son.
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