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Chairman IFA Dairy Committee

Tom Phelan


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.

Executive Secretary IFA Dairy Committee

Picure: Finbarr O'Rourke

Catherine holds a Masters in International Commerce from the University of Toulouse.  Catherine is also a Graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, and a Nuffield Scholar. She has been working for the last twenty five years as the Executive Secretary of the Irish Farmers’ Association’s National Dairy and Liquid Milk Committees. Prior to joining the IFA, Catherine worked in IBEC’s Food and Drink Federation.

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, input costs, dairy farmers’ incomes, industry developments and investment as milk quotas come to an end and the implementation of the new Bord Bia Dairy Assurance and Sustainability Scheme.

Dairy Committee 2018

CHAIRMAN Thomas Phelan 0872268837
VICE-CHAIRMAN Stephen Arthur 0863497081
CARLOW Jamie Kealy 0879230619
CAVAN Seamus Dolan 0872938562
CLARE Andrew Dundas 0868293012
CORK (W) Ger Lehane 0868203236
CORK (C) Alan Jagoe 0879641383
CORK (N) Mary Twomey-Casey 0872275223
DONEGAL PJ McMonagle 0868113717
GALWAY Noel Murphy 0872366771
KERRY Michael O’Dowd 0879874082
KILDARE Billy Barrett 0872708061
KILKENNY Brendan Hickey 0866061029
LAOIS James Barber 0877553409
LEITRIM Daniel Kelly 0858051240
LIMERICK John Hannon 0868042222
LONGFORD Patrick O’Neill 0863357379
LOUTH Nicholas Cooney 0862399266
MAYO Michael Leo Morrin 0876272322
MEATH Eddie Bannon 0866065668
MONAGHAN James F. O’Connor 0868366866
OFFALY Adrian Leonard 0876659015
ROSCOMMON Sean Connaughton 0868567275
SLIGO Padraig Mulligan 0879910879
TIPP NTH Michael Kennedy 0862724246
TIPP.STH Pat Carroll 0862633514
WATERFORD Mark Connors 0863866426
WESTMEATH Enda Burke 0863409525
WEXFORD Michael Gahan 0868592378
WICKLOW Stephen Arthur 0863497081
LIQUID MILK CHAIRMAN John Finn 0872830432
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