Rural Development Chairman

  • Michael Biggins
  • 087 2895966

IFA Rural Development Executive

Gerry Gunning

Gerry has been deeply involved in Rural Development Policies for many years and has been at the centre of negotiations with the Government and the EU on key CAP farm schemes and investment supports. He represents IFA on many working groups dealing with Rural Development matters at both national and EU level.

He is a graduate of the UCD Agricultural Faculty and holds a Diploma in Accountancy and Finance. Gerry is from a farming background in Co. Roscommon.

About the Rural Development Committee

  • The Rural Development Committee is made up of representatives from each county who are involved in various sectors of farming.
  • The Committee deals with all aspects of Rural Development, mainly under CAP Pillar II which underpin farm income and compliments the Pillar I support.
  • Key measures where members have a big input include the Areas of Natural Constraints (formerly Disadvantaged Areas), Agri-environment Schemes, Farm Investment Support, and the Leader Programme.

Rural Development Committee 2020

ROLE & COUNTY NAME MOBILE
CHAIRMAN Michael Biggins 087 2895966
Vice-chairman Denis Tuohy 086 8925915
CARLOW Marian Dalton 087 6750012
CAVAN  John Beglan 087 7651516
CLARE Denis Tuohy 086 8925915
CORK (C) Donal Howard 086 2307317
CORK (N) Tom O’Keeffe 086 0881101
CORK (W) Donal O’Donovan 086 8371753
DONEGAL Andrew McShea 086 8354450
DUBLIN Liam Hopkins 087 7939569
GALWAY Eamonn Burke 087 6220607
KERRY Dermot Kelly 086 8112843
KILDARE Des Gray 086 8546899
KILKENNY Richard Meaney 087 1812326
LAOIS Henry Burns 086 2753575
LEITRIM James Gallagher 087 0568270
LIMERICK Roger Keogh 085 1325036
LONGFORD Emmet Duffy 086 8734292
LOUTH Matthew McGreehan 086 8266554
MAYO Maria Ryan  087 6655283
MEATH Tom Finegan 086 1720420
MONAGHAN Brian Treanor 087 2253561
OFFALY Pat Walsh 087 2583373
ROSCOMMON John Hanley 0868 125211
SLIGO  Eddie Davitt 087 2257587
TIPP. NTH Con Mackey 087 6539008
TIPP. STH Simon Ryan 087 8305741
WATERFORD John Heffernan 087 8229804
WESTMEATH Richard O’Brien 087 2621512
WEXFORD Jer O’Mahony 087 9799505
WICKLOW Joe Gahan 087 2250652
CO-OPTION SACs: Padraic Joyce 087 2898725
CO-OPTION HILLFARMING: Michael Biggins 087 2895966
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