This Friday 19 November will be one year to the day since Pat Smith departed as IFA general secretary. For the IFA – and for most of the key people in the organisation – nothing will ever be the same again.
As with most events, a few key people were embroiled in what unfolded. All could well cite the defence that “it was like that when I got here”. The problems that emerged – in terms of pay levels, oversight, and governance – had been building for years. They were being addressed: an external chair of the audit committee, recommended by Con Lucey when he departed in August 2014, had just been announced, and the remuneration committee was being augmented by former Glanbia CEO John Moloney. Yet, the pace of change was too slow for some.