It’s a walk-over for Thomas Duffy as he becomes president elect of Macra without opposition.
Mind you, he still had to go through the electoral hustings as he faced questions from the membership at the series of meetings the organisation held for national election candidates. The candidates for the various vice-presidential positions were also put through the hoops as the meetings. By the middle of April the full line-up of the three vice-presidents who will join the Cavan-based Duffy as the new leaders of Macra will be known. The inauguration of Thomas and his colleagues takes place at the Macra AGM on the 11th of May. Any dairy farmer will tell you the importance of breeding. Thomas Duffy comes to the role of Macra president with an impeccable pedigree. His father Ned and mother Kathleen were heavily involved in Macra in their day. As well as her involvement in Macra at a national level, Kathleen was acknowledged as one of the driving forces of Cavan Macra for many years. Thomas and his parents are partners in a dairy herd and he is one of the new breed of Macra leaders who have extensive experience and qualifications outside of farming as well as being fully committed to promoting the well-being of young farmers across the country. Thomas already has a wealth of experience to bring to the role of Macra president, having served for the past two years as national chairman, a role which included regular visits to Brussels to lobby the Commission with fellow European young farmers through CEJA, the European Young farmers Council. Thomas holds a degree in Sustainable Agriculture from DKIT and a Masters in Environmental Management from UCD. That background will serve him well in a farming era when the environment is such an important aspect of farming practices.