The Irish Farmers Association has reached a settlement with its former Secretary General Pat Smith for €1.9 million.

The settlement comes ahead of a High Court case which was due to get underway next week.

Pat Smith worked for the organisation for 26 years and was IFA Chief Executive for 7 years until he resigned amid a pay controversy in late 2015.

He took two cases against the Irish Farmers Association - one relating to his severance package and one alleging he was defamed.  

The IFA has now agreed to pay €1.55 million in respect of the severance package and €350,000 in relation to the defamation.

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