Environment Committee

Paul O’Brien

Chair IFA Environmental & Rural Affairs Committee

086-8859277 info@ifa.ie

Paul is a sheep and tillage farmer from Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. He has been a member of the Environment committee since 2017. Other roles in IFA include Secretary and Chairman of the Graignamanagh branch, as well as serving as Co. Kilkenny Secretary and Vice Chairman.

Paul is married to Carol and they have two sons and a daughter.

Geraldine O’Sullivan

Senior Policy Executive

01-4260343 geraldineosullivan@ifa.ie

The roles of the Environment & Rural Affairs Committee include:

  • Removing unnecessary and excessive bureaucracy which is being imposed on farmers.
  • Creating a greater understanding that farmers in recent years have spent over €2.5bn ensuring that their farms conform to the highest environmental standards and have the most emission efficient food production system in Europe.

Other important issues are:

  • Ensuring proposed climate legislation does not hinder the development of the sustainable agri-food sector.
  • Securing changes to existing hedge cutting dates.
  • On-going support of farm families impacted by infrastructure projects.
  • Opposing unjustifiable changes being imposed on rural dwellers.
  • Seeking a more practical solution to the on-going farming by date and slurry spreading difficulties.
  • Continuing to identify on-farm cost savings through the voluntary Smart Farming initiative.

Environment & Rural Affairs Committee

­ROLE & COUNTYNAMEMOB. NO.
CHAIRMANPaul O’Brien086 8859277
V’ CHAIRMANChris Hayes086 2497042
CARLOWGeorge Byrne086 8260694
CAVANPaddy Denning087 2576441
CLAREKieran Woods086 3708833
CORK (C)Gerard O’Connell086 8557297
CORK (N)Tony Mullins086 8186336
CORK (W)Chris Hayes086 2497042
DONEGALFrancis Burns086 3627146
DUBLINSeamus McGrath086 8404610
GALWAYHenry Walsh087 2302537
KERRYJohn O’Sullivan087 9940890
KILDAREAustin Morrin087 2232809
KILKENNYJames Murphy086 8590430
LAOISOwen Conroy086 3470182
LEITRIMEddie Mitchell087 2239972
LIMERICKBarry Muprhy086 8577260
LONGFORDDamien O’Reilly086 8042 380
LOUTHBreeda Tuite086 6062005
MAYOJohn Davitt087 6541853
MEATHSeamus McGee086 8630985
MONAGHANBernard Treanor087 9267766
OFFALYEnda Bracken087 6526315
ROSCOMMONNed O’Connor086 2441024
SLIGOBernie Finan087 2273224
TIPP. NTHEamonn Cleary087 245 0192
TIPP. STHPeter Farrell087 2324033
WATERFORDJohn J. Byrne086 6034572
WESTMEATHAdrian Elliott086 8196414
WEXFORDJames Brennan087 8139819
WICKLOWDavid Johnson086 8540658
Co-optThomas Cooney087 2903 811