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COFORD Council

The COFORD Council is a body appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to advise the Minister and his Department on issues related to the development of the forest sector in Ireland. Its membership is appointed by the Minister and comprises stakeholders from across the forestry sector.

COFORD Council 2015-2018

         Michael Lynn, Chairman

  • Matthew Clancy, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI)
  • Pat Collins, IFA
  • Seamus Dunne, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
  • Mike Glennon, Glennon Brothers Ltd
  • Fergus Moore, Forest Sector Development (DAFM)
  • Neil Kerrigan, Enterprise Ireland
  • Daragh Little, Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association
  • John McCarthy, None-so-Hardy Nurseries Ltd
  • Tony Quinn, Research, Food & CODEX Co-ordination (DAFM)
  • Gerard Murphy, Coillte
  • Nuala Ní Fhlatharta, Teagasc
  • John Joe O¿Boyle, Northern Ireland Forest Service
  • John Phelan, Woodland Managers Limited
  • Donal Whelan, Irish Timber Growers Association

 COFORD Council Working Groups 2015-2018

  • Forest policy review
  • Forest genetic resources
  • Land availability and the promotion of afforestation  
  • The forest sector and the bioeconomy
  • Wood mobilisation and forecasting
  • The management of mixed forests


The Council 2011-2014 convened groups in the following areas:

Land Availability

Forest Management Planning (pdf 544Kb) 

Wood Mobilisation (pdf 3,282Kb) 

Forest Research (pdf 3,439Kb) 

For the relevant group report please click on the titles above.