Dairy Committee

Stephen Arthur

Chair IFA Dairy Committee

086 3497081

Stephen Arthur is the chairman of the IFA dairy committee. Stephen runs a dairy farm in Ballinaclash, Co.Wicklow alongside his wife Mairead and their two children Shane and Holly. Stephen is a Glanbia supplier. Prior to this role Stephen has represented farmers at county level in Macra and on the Wicklow Uplands Council and is a former Chairman of FMP (Glanbia Fresh Milk Producers).

Aine O’Connell

Senior Policy Executive

01 4260335 aineoconnell@ifa.ie

Aine O’Connell has a PhD in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin. Her research was focused on bulk tank milk quality. Since then she has worked in farm advisory and policy. A native of Tipperary, she now farms with her husband in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.

About the Dairy Committee

  • The National Dairy Committee represents Ireland’s 17,000 creamery milk producers
  • Its members are elected by IFA’s 29 county executives
  • Its most important issues include milk prices, economic sustainability of dairy farmers, retention of the Nitrates derogation and CAP reform. 

Dairy Committee

CHAIRMANStephen Arthur086 3497081
VICE-CHAIRMANSeamus Dolan087 2938562
CARLOWJamie Kealy087 9230619
CAVANSeamus Dolan087 2938562
CLAREAndrew Dundas086 8293012
CORK (W)Ger Lehane086 8203236
CORK (C)Alan Jagoe087 9641383
CORK (N)Noel Hurley086 8393109
DONEGALIan Witherow 087 9322869
DUBLINJim Scully087 9938144
GALWAYNoel Murphy087 2366771
KERRYMichael O’Dowd087 9874082
KILDAREStephen Byrne087 2445486
KILKENNYBrendan Hickey086 6061029
LAOISJames Barber087 7553409
LEITRIMDaniel Kelly085 8051240
LIMERICKJohn Hannon086 8042222
LONGFORDPadraig O’Farrell085 7558592
LOUTHTJ Meegan087 8183062
MAYOPadraig Joyce087 2898725
MEATHDenis Fagan087 2308125
MONAGHANMartin McElearney086 3522646
OFFALYAdrian Leonard087 6659015
ROSCOMMONSean Connaughton086 8567275
SLIGOPadraig Mulligan087 9910879
TIPP NTHMichael Kennedy086 2724246
TIPP STHDarragh Scott086 2427387
WATERFORDMark Connors086 3866426
WESTMEATHEnda Burke086 3409525
WEXFORDM.J. Scallan086 2230141
WICKLOWJack Keenan086 1539268
LIQUID MILK CHAIRMANKeith Boyle087 6178147
Co-optedPat Murphy
Macra RepLiam Hanrahan087 6526749