The Irish Farmers' Association has announced salary increases for its top officials.

The Director General of the IFA Damian McDonald will now be paid €216,000 per annum.

The salary increase keeps the DGs remuneration in line with the salary of the Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

IFA president Tim Cullinan's salary will increase to €140,000 per year, up from €120,000, the level at which the president’s salary was fixed since 2016.

Deputy president Brian Rushe will see his salary rise by €5,000 to €40,000.

The pay rises were agreed by the IFA's Remuneration Committee following a salary review and were announced this afternoon.

In 2015, there was major controversy within the organisation when it emerged that a former General Secretary, Pat Smith was paid €535,000 in 2013 and €445,000 in 2014.

At the time, the then IFA President Eddie Downey was on a salary of €147000.

He subsequently resigned.