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Chairman IFA Sheep Committee

John Lynsky

  •  John Lynskey
  •  087 2654618

John Lynskey from Co Mayo was elected Chairman of the IFA National Sheep Committee in January 2014.

John Lynskey farms 45 hectares on the Mayo/Galway boarder. His main enterprise is sheep farming with a flock of 170 Suffolk/Texel/Belclare cross ewes, suckler cows and tillage as well as an agricultural contracting business.

Director of Livestock

Kevin Kinsella

Kevin Kinsella is the Director of Livestock with the Irish Farmers’ Association.

He is a Board Member of the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, Sheep Ireland, a member of the EU Commission Beef and Sheepmeat Advisory Committees, a member of the COPA/COGECA Beef and Sheep Working Parties in Brussels.  He is also a member of the Bord Bia Technical Committees on Beef and Sheep Quality Assurance.

About the Sheep Committee

At National and European level the National Sheep Committee effectively lobbies on behalf of all sheep farmers on the issues of critical importance to members such as incomes, lamb prices and premium support.

The priority issues for the National Sheep Committee are as follows:

  • Strong lamb prices
  • Adequate ewe premium payments
  • A fairer system of EU sheep policy
  • Increased headage payments
  • A positive hill sheep policy involving REPS/NHA
  • Strong opposition to lamb imports under WTO


CHAIRMAN John Lynskey 0872654618
VICE CHAIRMAN Peter Shields 0872685801
CARLOW John Hanbidge 0879968400
CAVAN Bernard Lynch 0868190283
CLARE John Fitzgerald 0863756591
CORK (C) Sean Dennehy 0878103406
CORK (N) Sheena McCarthy 0862730363
CORK (W) Denis O’Leary 0863913303
DONEGAL Dessie Cunningham 0871482489
DUBLIN James McGrane 0868152823
GALWAY Michael Murphy 0876993411
KERRY Kevin O’Sullivan 0872247358
KILDARE Liam Heaney 0834443056
KILKENNY Sean Quirke 0863841158
LAOIS Joseph Burke 0872020089
LEITRIM James Gallagher 0864055451
LIMERICK Sean Lavery 0878551286
LONGFORD Gerard Belton 0863969723
LOUTH Peter Shields 0872685801
MAYO Patrick Jnr Chambers 0872348697
MEATH Edward Cassidy 0876378590
MONAGHAN Colm McKenna 0879544687
OFFALY Enda Bracken 0876526315
ROSCOMMON Michael Glennon 0868597414
SLIGO Benedict Gallagher 0879905123
Tipperary (Nth) James Long 0872550025
Tipperary (Sth) James O’Brien 0863868901
WATERFORD Patrick Cooney 0831398796
WESTMEATH William Fox 0877973590
WEXFORD James Kehoe 0872791109
WICKLOW Robert Langrell 0877672951
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