Tributes have poured in for former IFA Stalwart, Richie Flynn, who died last Friday morning.
Richie, who was the first President of the EU Aquaculture Advisory Council established in 2016, had worked in the IFA for 27 years in total. He originally joined the IFA team in 1991, upon taking on the role in the IFA press office and five years later, in 1996, he moved into the agriculture section. It was here that he represented the country’s fish farmers for a total of 22-years.
Richie also served as a former board member of the Marine Institute and he chaired the EU Advisory Committee on aquaculture from 2001 to 2011. He was also the President of the European Shellfish Federation from 2012 to 2016.
IFA President, Joe Healy, spoke of his shock at hearing of Richie’s passing last Friday morning.
“Richie was a well-respected colleague and somebody who was utterly dedicated to his work in IFA. His commitment to farmers for his entire working life was steadfast.” said Joe Healy.
“On behalf of everybody in IFA, I want to offer our condolences to his family, in particular his wife Trish & their two children Liam and Róisín, his mother Helen and his sister Sinéad.” He continued.
To honour the work of Mr Richie Flynn, the IFA’s National Office in the Irish Farm Centre and the Roscommon regional office that services Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon & Longford will be closed on Wednesday, August 28th.