Vote No.1

For President IFA

John Coughlan

Vote No.1

For President

John Coughlan


I am running for President of IFA in the upcoming IFA elections and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am a dairy and beef farmer near Buttevant, in North Cork. We have a mixed farm enterprise and with my wife, Ann, we milk 100 cows, finish all calves to beef, purchase quality suckler calves to finish and grow cereals. Until recently we had a commercial flock of sheep. We have two grown children: Michael is studying in England and Helena works with Specialist Nutrition. She is also actively involved on the farm.


IFA Record

I have been an active member of IFA for over 25 years. In that time I have held senior positions at local and national level. I have demonstrated great leadership while negotiating and advocating on behalf of farmers. I have been privileged to hold the following positions:

2016 – present
  • Munster Vice Chairman IFA
  • Inputs Project Team Leader
  • CAP Project Team
2009 – 2015
  • Environment Chairman, North Cork IFA
2006 – 2010
  • County Chairman, North Cork IFA
2000 – 2006
  • Livestock Chairman, North Cork IFA
2006 – 2010
  • North Cork IFA rep on Avondhu Blackwater Leader Group
2012 – 2014
  • Chairman Buttevant Purchasing Group
  • Chairman Avondhu Macra na Feirme

Present Chairman Mallow Advisory Committee, Cork Marts


Latest News Articles

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Ploughing Press Release 17th Sept 2019

Munster IFA Chairman and Presidential Candidate, John Coughlan, calls on the Taoiseach to come to the National Ploughing Championships with an all-of-Government plan to Protect Farmers as uncertain Brexit looms Munster IFA Chairman and Presidential Candidate, John...

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John Coughlan Declared Intention to Run for President IFA

John Coughlan, Munster Chairman of IFA declared his intention to run for President in this year’s national IFA elections. John, married to Ann and a father of two, is a dairy and beef farmer near Buttevant, in North Cork. He finishes all calves to beef, purchases...

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Interesting presentation and Q&A at the @IFAmedia North Cork County Exec meeting tonight, highlighting UCC level 7 part time courses suitable for farmers. @AnneBak08268204 & Pat Mullins IFA, Dr Angela Sheehan and Mary Mc Carthy @UCC and Sheena Mc Carthy IFA.

"Women's roles in the industry are more visible and acknowledged" Up next is Anne Baker, @AnneBak08268204, a Beef Farmer and North Cork IFA chair from Mitchelstown Co. Cork 🧑🏼‍🌾 @ifamedia


Richard Kennedy and his Wife Helen cutting the celebratory cake last night in the Woodlands hotel Adare. Well done to Limerick @IFAmedia County executive for organising the night in recognition of the great work done by Richard as Deputy President.

Another fantastic night at the #Kenmare Co Op Mart social at the @KenmareBayHotel. Hats off again to mart manager, Dan McCarthy and his staff and Mike Tim O Sullivan and the Committee. Best of luck for 2020.

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