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

CHAIRMANPaul O’Brien086 8859277
VICE CHAIRJohn Murphy086 2795828
CARLOWJohn Duffy086 1961408
CAVANSeamus Dolan087 2938562
CLAREKieran Woods086 3708833
CORK (C)John Murphy086 2795828
CORK (N)Pat Coakley 086 8090891
CORK (W)John Beechinor 087 2969242
DONEGALMichael Chance086 8031858
DUBLINPhilip Maguire087 2765237
GALWAYHenry Walsh087 2302537
KERRYTommy Culloty 086 6030293
KILDARETom Kelly087 6410178
KILKENNYEamon Sheehan086 6098300
LAOISLiam Delaney087 9611058
LEITRIMDavid Notely087 4127081
LIMERICKBarry Murphy086 8577260
LONGFORDEmmet Duffy086 8734292
LOUTHPeter Dunne 089 2674359
MAYOJohn Davitt087 6541853
MEATHSeamus McGee086 8630985
MONAGHANNiall McMeel087 3962360
OFFALYEnda Bracken087 6526315
ROSCOMMONJim O’Connor086 2502561
SLIGOBernie Finan087 2273224
TIPP. NTHSeamus Hayes087 1263026
TIPP. STHMichael J. Tobin086 1685169
WATERFORDMark Connors086 3866426
WESTMEATHJames Geoghegan086 2616018
WEXFORDThomas Doyle086 2403231
WICKLOWDavid Johnson086 8540658