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Mar 13, 2024 | Press Releases | 0 comments

ICSA president Sean McNamara has wished ICSA general secretary Eddie Punch every success following the announcement that he is to step down from the role he has held for 25 years to run as an Independent candidate in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Commenting, Mr McNamara said, “Throughout his 25-year tenure Eddie Punch has been a stalwart advocate for the rights and interests of Ireland’s farming families and rural communities. Under his guidance, the association has grown in influence and stature, becoming a respected voice in the agricultural sector both nationally and internationally.

His decision to run as a candidate in the upcoming European elections reflects his continued dedication to advocating for the agricultural industry and ensuring that the voices of Irish farmers are heard on the European stage. His experience and expertise will undoubtedly make him a formidable candidate, capable of effectively representing the interests of farm families and rural communities in Brussels.

We in ICSA would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Eddie Punch for his years of dedicated service and leadership and wish him every success as he takes on this new challenge.”

Reflecting on his decision to step down, Mr. Punch stated, “It has been a privilege to serve as the general secretary of ICSA for the past 25 years. I am immensely proud of the work we have accomplished together to support our members and promote the interests of our beef, sheep, and suckler farmers. However, I believe that now is the time for me to take on a new challenge and represent our community at the European level.”


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