Dairy Committee

Tom Phelan

Chairman IFA Dairy Committee

087 2268837 tomphelanrushall@hotmail.com

Laois dairy and beef farmer Tom Phelan is the Chairman of the IFA National Dairy Committee.

Tom Phelan farms with his wife Caroline and children Martin, Karen and Marie-Thérèse in Pike of Rushall, near Mountrath in Co. Laois, and supplies creamery milk to Glanbia.

Tom has a strong track record of farmer representation. He has chaired his local Glanbia area and regional committees, was Macra na Feirme Laois Co. Chairman and has also had significant experience within IFA, serving as Dairy, Farm Business and County Chairman in Co. Laois.  He has also been representing the National Dairy Committee on the IFA Animal Health Project Team.

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

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

CHAIRMANThomas Phelan0872268837
VICE-CHAIRMANStephen Arthur0863497081
CARLOWJamie Kealy0879230619
CAVANSeamus Dolan0872938562
CLAREAndrew Dundas0868293012
CORK (W)Ger Lehane0868203236
CORK (C)Alan Jagoe0879641383
CORK (N)Mary Twomey-Casey0872275223
DONEGALPJ McMonagle086-8113717
GALWAYNoel Murphy087-2366771
KERRYMichael O’Dowd087-9874082
KILDAREBilly Barrett087-2708061
KILKENNYBrendan Hickey086-6061029
LAOISJames Barber087-7553409
LEITRIMDaniel Kelly085-8051240
LIMERICKJohn Hannon086-8042222
LONGFORDPatrick O’Neill086-3357379
MAYOMichael Leo Morrin087-6272322
MEATHEddie Bannon086-6065668
MONAGHANJames F. O’Connor086-8366866
OFFALYAdrian Leonard087-6659015
ROSCOMMONSean Connaughton086-8567275
SLIGOPadraig Mulligan087-9910879
TIPP NTHMichael Kennedy086-2724246
TIPP.STHPat Carroll086-2633514
WATERFORDMark Connors086-3866426
WESTMEATHEnda Burke086-3409525
WEXFORDM.J. Scallan086-2230141
WICKLOWStephen Arthur086-3497081
LIQUID MILK CHAIRMANKeith Boyle087-6178147
Co-optedPat Murphy