The IFA National Dairy Committee, in its final meeting for 2013, elected vice-chairman Sean O’Leary as its new chairman for the next four years.
Sean farms at Mourneabbey near Mallow with his wife, Fidelma, and their three children, Daniel, Orla and Valerie. Sean supplies Dairygold Co-op.
Sean O’Leary has held a number of senior positions within IFA, which have given him a very valuable understanding of the organisation, the Irish agri-industry and a broad array of policy issues.
From 2001 to 2004, Sean was IFA North Cork County chairman, and from 2005 to 2009, he was Munster vice-president and chair of the IFA Project Team on Climate Change. In the latter position, he was the voice of IFA in Brussels on climate change issues. He has also built up considerable expertise in animal health issues in his capacity as North Cork and National Dairy Committee representative on animal health within IFA.