Eddie Punch is the general secretary of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association, a post that he has held since 1999. In that time, ICSA has developed from a small base into an organisation with 10,000 members and the association’s progress has now been recognised in being appointed social partners by the government.
He is a member of various committees that advise the government and Department of Agriculture, including the National Economic and Social Council, the Farmers’ Charter Committee and the National Reserve Committee, and he represents ICSA at all Social Partnership meetings.
His responsibilities include human resources, communications, financial and strategic management of the association as well as representing it in negotiations with the agri-food sector, government ministers and officials, members of the Oireachtas and EU elected representatives and officials.
A native of Cratloe, Co. Clare he joined the company from West Limerick Resources Ltd where he was responsible for the ‘Facing the Millennium’ report. A graduate of the University of Limerick, where he obtained a degree in European Studies (Economics & Public Affairs) he previously worked with the Laois Leader Rural Development Company.