Deane seeks to enter IFA election after technology problemThursday 07 January 2016 23.51
One of the candidates who failed to secure enough support to enter the Irish Farmers' Association's presidential race has asked for an emergency meeting to be convened to discuss allowing him enter the race.
Candidates were required to submit nominations supported by six IFA County Executives before yesterday’s 5.30pm deadline.
Derek Deane claims that a technological failure meant he could not submit his nomination before this deadline.
Mr Deane, who is the Chairman of the IFA's Carlow branch, was at the centre of recent revelations of high pay at the top of the organisation that led to the resignation of former president Eddie Downey.
After the IFA's outgoing deputy president, Tim O'Leary, failed to secure the necessary support to enter the race, Mr Deane said he contacted Monaghan Chairman Brian Treanor.
Mr Deane said Mr Treanor said he "was happy to support me", which he has saved as a voicemail on his phone.
The Carlow man said the difficulty arose as a "technological failure" meant Mr Treanor "was unable to get the email [confirming his support] to go through to the Farm Centre".
Speaking to RTÉ News, Mr Deane reiterated that "Brian has confirmed to me he has no problem in supporting me once Tim O'Leary was out of the race."
Mr O'Leary did not withdraw from the race, but did not receive the six nominations necessary.
Mr Deane added that he "will be asking for an emergency council to look at this", adding he was sure "no council member will want to have me out of this race based on a technology problem".
Mr Deane added that IFA Chairman Jer Bergin is aware of the issue and he has given a copy of the voicemail to IFA headquarters at the Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin.