Mr. Joe Healy (aged 50) runs a dairy and cattle farm in Athenry, Co Galway with his family.
He was elected the 15th President of the Irish Farmers’ Association in April 2016. Prior to that, he represented Galway IFA on the IFA National Farm Business Committee. Previously, he was actively involved in the young farmers’ organisation Macra na Feirme and was elected President of that organisation from 1995-1997. Mr Healy represents Irish farmers at EU level on COPA, which is the official umbrella representative body for European farmers.
He chairs the COPA Food Chain Working Group, which is seeking a stronger position for farmers in the food supply chain. He is a non-executive director of Bord Bia – the Irish Food Board – which is responsible for the marketing of Irish food and drink abroad.