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.
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 & COUNTY||NAME||MOB. NO.|
|CHAIRMAN||Paul O’Brien||086 8859277|
|VICE CHAIR||John Murphy||086 2795828|
|CARLOW||John Duffy||086 1961408|
|CAVAN||Seamus Dolan||087 2938562|
|CLARE||Kieran Woods||086 3708833|
|CORK (C)||John Murphy||086 2795828|
|CORK (N)||Pat Coakley||086 8090891|
|CORK (W)||John Beechinor||087 2969242|
|DONEGAL||Michael Chance||086 8031858|
|DUBLIN||Philip Maguire||087 2765237|
|GALWAY||Henry Walsh||087 2302537|
|KERRY||Tommy Culloty||086 6030293|
|KILDARE||Tom Kelly||087 6410178|
|KILKENNY||Eamon Sheehan||086 6098300|
|LAOIS||Liam Delaney||087 9611058|
|LEITRIM||David Notely||087 4127081|
|LIMERICK||Barry Murphy||086 8577260|
|LONGFORD||Emmet Duffy||086 8734292|
|LOUTH||Peter Dunne||089 2674359|
|MAYO||John Davitt||087 6541853|
|MEATH||Seamus McGee||086 8630985|
|MONAGHAN||Niall McMeel||087 3962360|
|OFFALY||Enda Bracken||087 6526315|
|ROSCOMMON||Jim O’Connor||086 2502561|
|SLIGO||Bernie Finan||087 2273224|
|TIPP. NTH||Seamus Hayes||087 1263026|
|TIPP. STH||Michael J. Tobin||086 1685169|
|WATERFORD||Mark Connors||086 3866426|
|WESTMEATH||James Geoghegan||086 2616018|
|WEXFORD||Thomas Doyle||086 2403231|
|WICKLOW||David Johnson||086 8540658|