The new Chairman of the Co. Donegal Executive of the Irish Farmers’ Association is Brendan McLaughlin.

Formerly the Vice-Chairman, he was elected unopposed this evening and takes over the top position in Donegal from Michael Chance who had completed his term.

Mr McLaughlin, who farms at Balleighan, outside Manorcunningham, was previously the Donegal representative on the IFA's National Animal Health Committee.

Branches in Donegal will now be asked to nominate representatives to the Animal Health and Vice-Chairman posts, which become vacant,  and these will be ratified at the March meeting.

Mr. McLaughlin is well known in farming circles and last year was involved in a freak accident that almost cost him his life.

He sustained serious leg injuries as he tried to jump out of a heifer’s path at the last minute as he was treating a sick calf.

He ended up in hospital.

He has been a strong advocate of ensuring that farm safety is a major priority.

In his acceptance speech, he pledged to work for the farmers of Donegal and said he would ask questions, and keep asking questions when he gets 'No' for an answer.

Meanwhile, there were just two new appointments to the officer board at the annual general meeting of the Co. Donegal Executive of the IFA, held in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny.

Adrian Gallagher takes over from Dessie Cunningham as the Donegal representative on the IFA National Sheep Committee.

PJ Monagle takes up the post of Donegal representative on the IFA National Dairy Committee.

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