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Horticulture Contacts

Chairman IFA Horticulture Committee

Picure: Finbarr O'Rourke

  • Gerard Reilly
  •  086 2692012

Gerry farms near Athlone, Co Westmeath where he is an extensive mushroom producer. Currently producing over 40 tons weekly of fresh mushrooms for both the Irish and UK markets. He supplies into the Producer Organisation (PO) Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP) in Co Monaghan. All mushrooms produced are grown according to Bord Bia standards. Gerry is the Vice Chairman on the Board of CMP and is Chairman of IFA’s Mushroom Producers’ Committee.

Executive IFA Horticulture Committee

Picure: Finbarr O'Rourke

Elaine holds a degree in Agricultural Science from UCD. She has worked in IFA for the last 21 years and currently holds the roles of Oireachtas, Retail and Horticulture Executive.

Prior to this, she held the role of Executive to the IFA Sugar Beet section and the IFA Farm Forestry Committee. Elaine was President of the ASA in 2008/09.

IFA Potato & Fresh Produce Development Officer

Pat joined the IFA in 2013.  He holds a degree in Commercial Horticulture from UCD and has worked in the mushroom industry for the past 14 years. He has held positions in technical sales, mushroom growing and mushroom compost manufacturing.

Previous to that he spent a number of years working in general agriculture roles with Teagasc and private consultants.

About the Horticulture Committee

  • The IFA Horticulture Committee comprises of the Chairmen of the different Horticulture Committees.
  •  Members of the Committee are the Chairmen of the Potato, Field Vegetable & Protected Crops, Soft Fruits, Mushroom and Nursery Stock Committees.
  • It’s most important issues include commodity prices, input costs, producers’ incomes, retailer activity, industry developments and the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme.

Horticulture Committee 2017




National Chairman IFA Horticulture Section Gerard Reilly

086 269 2012

Vegetables Paul Brophy

086 8156975

Hardy Nursery Stock Val Farrell

087 2503752

Apples Con Traas

086 6091998

Soft Fruit Growers James Kearns

087 8241978

Potatoes Eddie Doyle

087 2787472

Mushrooms Gerard Reilly

086 269 2012


Mushroom Producers Committee

CHAIRMAN Gerard Reilly 086 269 2012
CARLOW Leslie Codd 087 2853363
CAVAN Derek Speares 087 6687902
LEITRIM Michael McGovern 086 1705870
TIPP. STH Jim Hickey 087 2522026
CO-OPTION Brian O’Reilly 087 9073556

National Field Vegetable & Protected Crops Committee

CHAIRMAN: Paul Brophy 086 2608399
VICE-CHAIRMAN: Mark McCann 087 2509134
DUBLIN: John Dockrell 087 8543000
DUBLIN: Colm Grimes 086 8326911
DUBLIN: Martin Flynn 086 3915813
GALWAY: Sean Mahony 087 6540184
KERRY: Paudie Hanafin 087 6723419
KILDARE: Paul Brophy 086 2608399
KILKENNY: John O’Shea 086 2555365
KILKENNY: Eddie Doyle 087 2787472
KILKENNY: Julian Hughes 086 8134336
LAOIS: Leo Dunne 086 2431416
MEATH: William Ruiter 086 2601896

Soft Fruit Growers Committee

CHAIRMAN James Kearns 087 8241978
VICE-CHAIRMAN Des Jeffares 087 2867455
DUBLIN David Keeling 086 2361504
DUBLIN Bernard Murray 086 8553619
TIPPERARY Con Traas 086 6091998
WEXFORD Cyril Wheelock 087 6775437
WEXFORD Eamonn Crean 086 8257389

Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association Executive Committee

CHAIRMAN Val Farrell 087 2503752
CLARE Michelle Flannery 087 7522992
DUBLIN Martin Tully 086 2551151
KILDARE Rosemary Flannery 086 8189562
KILDARE Matthew Lohan 087 2423340
KILKENNY Fred Townsend 087 6892323
OFFALY Hans Ravensberg 086 8588490
KILKENNY Elmer Dool 086 8543322
WATERFORD Peter Stam 086 8121467
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