Payment of out-of-pocket expenses by FIBKA

The following persons may claim eligible costs as outlined:

Members of Executive Council

Mileage and/or public transport costs to/from:

  • Annual Congress
  • Meetings of Executive Council/Executive Council Committee/official FIBKA Subcommittees
  • Meetings with Associations for which the member is the representative to FIBKA
  • Other meetings on behalf of FIBKA eg. with Dept of Agriculture, North-South initiative group, Accountant, Tax Advisors etc.
  • Events where the claimant has been authorised in advance to represent FIBKA, eg Apimondia, CONBA, UBKA Conference, BBKA Conference, Bloom, Ploughing etc.
  • Annual Summer School. Only those members performing substantial voluntary work during the event. Such to be decided in advance by the Summer Course Subcommittee.
  • Meal allowance €15 for every 5 hours away from home on FIBKA business, except where meals are provided. Receipts required. Reimbursement will be the lower of €15 or the vouched amount. In certain circumstances, the €15 allowance may be exceeded eg. where the member is part of a group/delegation dining in an establishment where the cost of a meal exceeds €15.
  • Overnight accommodation if unable to get home before midnight or if dangerous weather/road conditions prevent travel (receipts required)
  • Such vouched expenses as are necessary for the performance of duties on behalf of FIBKA, eg. postage, stationery, photocopying etc. Reasonable telephone expenses according to Officer role.


Certified Federation Lecturers (CFLs)

  • Mileage and/or public transport costs to/from: Workshops/lectures given by invitation to affiliated Associations (excluding beginner’s courses and study groups)
  • Scheduled workshops/lectures at the annual Summer School. Only where actual travel is undertaken ie a lecturer giving more than one talk but staying on site for the duration will be entitled to claim one return journey only.
  • Examination centres/candidate apiaries where the CFL is examining candidates on behalf of FIBKA, as organised by the Education Officer.
  • In exceptional circumstances, overnight accommodation and meal allowance if unexpected requirement arises due to dangerous weather/road conditions, and inviting Association cannot pay (receipts required)


Honey Judges

  • Mileage and/or public transport costs to/from Honey Shows organised by FIBKA or FIBKA-recognised Honey Shows organised by affiliated Associations.



  • Beemasters or other instructors / demonstrators on the FIBKA panel may claim expenses as outlined for Certified Federation Lecturers above, provided the topic delivered is approved by the Education Officer
  • Persons other than Executive Council Members who perform substantial voluntary work at the annual summer school may claim travel expenses as for
  • Executive Council Members above. Such to be decided by the Summer Course Subcommittee.


1. In all cases where mileage/public transport expenses are allowed:

  • Receipts for public transport must be provided
  • Toll charges will be reimbursed if accompanied by receipts
  • Parking charges will be reimbursed if accompanied by receipts or used Parking Discs

2. Mileage rate €0.31 / km or €0.5 / mile

3. Intending claimants whose expenses could/would fall outside the above guidelines should seek prior approval by contacting Treasurer before incurring costs

4. Where any doubt exists as to the eligibility of a claim, Treasurer shall consult with the President and Vice-President. Where a decision cannot be reached, the matter shall be referred to Executive Council

Expenses not covered by FIBKA

  • Accommodation costs / meal allowance for lecturers giving lectures/workshops to Associations (except in exceptional circumstances as under CFLs above)
  • Mileage/public transport costs for Honey Show stewards
  • Mileage/public transport costs for Association delegates to Annual Congress


A copy of these out of pocket expenses can be downloaded here

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations Code of Behaviour

  • A parent or guardian must be in attendance with any participant under the age of 16, who is involved or taking part in the work The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations is carrying out.

  • The minimum adult/young person ratio in any group should ideally be one adult per group of eight plus one other adult, and allowing an additional adult for each group of eight thereafter.

  • When dealing with group members of mixed sex, it is important that there are sufficient adults of both sexes to properly manage all activities and areas of any premises in use.

  • Volunteers and members should be sensitive to the fact that jokes of a sexual nature may be offensive to others and should never be told in the presence of children.

  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact with an underage beekeeping participant and never engage in inappropriate touching of a participant.

  • No adult should be alone with a minor.

  • Avoid a situation where you are alone in a car or dressing room with a minor.

  • Do not communicate individually by text/email with underage minors.

  • Do not engage in communications with minors via social network sites.

  • Photographs are not permitted to show/identify the face of a minor.

This Code of Behaviour was adopted by resolution of the Executive Council of The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations on 22nd April 2017

Gerry Ryan
President, The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations
Tom Shaw
Hon. Secretary, The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations


A copy of this policy can be downloaded here

Executive Council meeting

At today’s Executive Council meeting held in Tullamore (16 Dec 2017) to discuss among other items the current situation in FIBKA.

During the discussion Michael Woulfe read a statement setting out his views. In response to a question he said he was satisfied with the status of the Executive as elected. He further said that it was his opinion that under the constitution the current President was not properly in office. He quoted Section 32(a) which says: A President may not hold office for more than three successive years and may not be a candidate for election to the office of either President or Vice-President for a period of five years following his/her period of Presidency.

He proposed that the President stand down with immediate effect and be replaced by the vice-President with immediate effect. This motion was seconded.

A motion of confidence in the President was proposed and seconded. On a vote this motion was carried by 15 – 2 with one abstention. This result defeated Michael Woulfe’s motion.

Michael Woulfe said that as a result of this he would attend no further meetings of the Executive Council while the current President remains in the chair. Both Michael Woulfe and Peter O’Reilly then left the meeting despite requests to reconsider this decision.

Child Protection Policy of The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations

The Executive Council of The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations recognises that child protection and welfare considerations must be reflected in the organisations policies, practices and activities. Accordingly and in line with the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children the Executive Council of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations has agreed the following child protection policy:

1. The Executive Council acknowledges the Principles of good practice for the Protection of Children and Young People as outlined in the Department Of Children and Youth Affairs guideline ‘Our Duty to Care Document’ for Voluntary Organisations.

2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is: Stuart Hayes

3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is: Eleanor Attridge

4. In its policies, practices and activities, The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:

The EC on behalf of the organisation and its membership will:

  • Recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
  • Fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters;
  • Adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusation of abuse or neglect;
  • Develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
  • Fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

5. The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations “Code of Behaviour” was reviewed and ratified by the EC on 28th January 2017 and will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

6. This Policy will be readily accessible through the Federation’s website.

7. This policy will be reviewed by the Executive Council on a regular basis.

This policy was adopted by resolution of the Executive Council of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations on 22nd April 2017

Gerry Ryan
President, The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations
Tom Shaw
Hon. Secretary, The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations


A copy of the policy can be downloaded here

FIBKA is not-for-profit federation of beekeeping Associations in Ireland. Currently, there are 61 affiliated Associations, which between them have over 3,500 members. FIBKA acts as an umbrella organisation, providing unity and strength in numbers in its promotion of the interests of bees, beekeepers and beekeeping in Ireland.
Included in the annual affiliation fee, no extra cost to members:

  • A most comprehensive insurance package to cover your beekeeping activities at your own apiary or anywhere else in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Monthly magazine An Beachaire delivered to your door, with back issues available on the website. Articles relevant to Irish beekeepers operating in Irish conditions. Contributions from members always welcome. The Journal is now in its 71st year serving the beekeepers of Ireland for generations. Sponsored prizes for annual photographic competition.
  • Website and Facebook page
  • Panel of Certified Federation Lecturers (CFLs), including many who hold a diploma in Apiculture {NatDipSc (Apic)} from Cork Institute of Technology. FIBKA covers mileage costs of CFLs travelling to lecture to local Associations in order to reduce the cost to the Associations. This is especially beneficial to new, small or remote Associations with no CFLs amongst their own members.
  • Annual Congress with each affiliated Association entitled to send delegates as per FIBKA Constitution. Associations can submit motions for consideration at Congress and can nominate candidates for election to Executive Council at Congress.
  • Organising Bee Health Workshops for the benefit of our members throughout the country.
  • Annual National Honey Shows at Gormanston and at Fota. FIBKA covers mileage costs of Honey Judges to attend these Shows and other Honey Shows recognised by FIBKA.
  • Promotion and lobbying on behalf of beekeepers with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine (DAFM) to promote the good health of bees and the interests of beekeepers.
  • Negotiation with Coillte regarding standard terms and conditions for apiary sites for beekeepers
  • Working with DAFM in securing EU funding for beekeeping. To date we have secured €1.4m under the Apicultural programme for Irish Beekeeping.
  • Working with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in preventing fraud and misinformation on honey in the market place.
  • Working closely with Bord Bia in the promotion of Irish honey, Bord Bia are generous sponsors of our National Honey Show since 1999.
  • Working closely with the Office of Public Works (OPW) in promoting beekeeping in the Phoenix Park, the Botanic Gardens and other OPW properties. The OPW Phoenix Park Honey Show now in its third year is one of the leading shows in the county with easy access to one third of the population of the Republic. In 2018 it is planned to expand the event to include a Honey Festival.
  • Working with Teagasc to inform the farming community the importance bees.
  • Working with other environmental bodies to fight Hedgerows Bill and promote environmentally sustainable practice for the benefit of honeybees and other wildlife.
  • FIBKA is a signatory, contributor to and supporter of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan
  • FIBKA is a member of the European Professional Beekeepers Association to be kept informed what is happening at EU level.
  • FIBKA is a member of the Council of National Beekeeping Associations in the United Kingdom and Ireland (CONBA). Through this body we have a voice in Brussels with a representative attending meetings there where many decisions affecting beekeeping are made.
  • FIBKA is a member of Apimonida the worldwide body of beekeepers. This entitles our members who wish to attend the Apimondia Conference held every 2 years to a reduced registration fee. We are proud that the
  • Corporate members of the National Honey Show U.K. Supporting Irish exhibitors who wish to send exhibits to this World Class International Event, a great shop window for Irish Honey.
  • Sponsorship of three young beekeepers to attend the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers (IMYB) each year, by paying the registration fee and contributing towards travel and accommodation costs.
  • Comprehensive Library of Beekeeping Books and Videos. Books and videos on loan free, borrower pays return postage. Our Library contains some rare out of print books that can be made available to students of research or other interested parties.
  • Our archives contain some valuable documents illustrating the history of our organisation since its foundation in April 1881. Included are bound volumes of the Irish Bee Journal (IBJ) published by the father of Irish Beekeeping Rev J.G. Digges from 1901 to 1933 and its successor An Beachaire published from 1947 to date. All this material is available to students of history and researchers.
  • FIBKA is a book publisher. Some years ago we, jointly with Teagasc, published the recent update of “The Blueprint for Profitable Honey Production”. We reprinted “Practical Bee guide” by J.G. Digges in 2000. We also published “Bees, Hives and Honey”, edited by Eddie O’Sullivan and John McMullan’s book “Having Healthy Bees”. Most recently “Gormanston: The Summer Course in Beekeeping” by James Ryan.
  • Arbour Week - week following first Sunday in March. FIBKA are founding members of the Tree Council of Ireland, actively promoting the planting of pollen and nectar bearing tree which are made available yearly to our members free of charge.
  • A FIBKA stand promoting beekeeping and Irish Honey at most of the large public events such as The National Ploughing Championships, Bord Bia Bloom in the Park, The RDS Horse Show, Tullamore Agricultural Show amongst others.

Available to affiliated members at reduced / low cost:

  • Annual Summer Course at Gormanston College internationally renowned throughout the beekeeping world. A full week of lectures, fun, trade stands and bee-talk. Options to stay on site for the week or part week, or come as a day-visitor. All examinations available from the Preliminary to Honey Judges and Certified Federation Lectureship. This event has been held continuously since 1947 which is unique in the beekeeping world. Because of its international dimension we are able to acquire and share beekeeping knowledge from many other regions of the world.
  • Full Education programme, from Preliminary exams, through Intermediate, BeeMaster, Senior, CFL and Honey Judge qualifications.
  • Subject to availability, books published by FIBKA books are available at reduced cost to affiliated Associations.
  • Arrangement with suppliers of Sugar to affiliated Associations, for bee feeding, at cost price.
  • Tamper-proof bar-coded labels (as required by many retail outlets) at cost price. Your own unique bar code for each of your products
  • A honey jar lid incorporating the Federation Logo printed in colour and also the words "Irish Honey Direct from the Beekeeper" is available from Alpack Ltd to our members to fit the eight and twelve ounce jars. This lid has come to be accepted by many as proof that the jar contains good quality Irish honey.

Coming soon / in development:

  • FIBKA honey jars with distinctive design, full traceability and guarantee to customer of genuine 100% Irish beekeeper’s honey, will command a premium price for all your hard work.


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Notice to all FIBKA Members

Insurance is in place for all FIBKA members as normal until 31 December 2017.

All FIBKA members have to renew their membership from 1st January 2018 as normal, in order to avail of FIBKA benefits including Insurance, An Beachaire, Gormanston, Education and all other membership benefits.

Membership benefits commence only when a members details are returned to the FIBKA Membership Secretary, by their Association Secretary/Treasurer.

We have been made aware that some Associations are not renewing their affiliation to FIBKA consequently all benefits for the members of those Associations end on the 31st December 2017, and Members in these Associations who wish to continue with FIBKA please contact the FIBKA Membership Secretary Joanna McGlaughlin at for details of Associations near to you that are affiliated to FIBKA."

Executive Council meeting 16th December

An Executive Council meeting was held in Tullamore on Saturday the 16th of December to discuss among other items the current situation in FIBKA.

Here is a short description of what happened at that meeting

What does FIBKA offer its members?

Here is a comprehensive list of what FIBKA offers its members

Letter from FIBKA Executive to all Member Associations

The letter can be read here in its entirety by clicking here. There will also be a downloadable PDF file that you can share with other members of your Association

Looking for honey labels and FIBKA lids?

For anyone looking to get the FIBKA jar lids or tamper proof labels for your honey, we have put together the following guidelines in how to apply for them. The document can be downloaded here

Hedge cutting

If you wish to report hedge cutting out of season
Contact the people below
National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2
For General Queries:
Tel: +353-1-888 3242
LoCall 1890 383 000 (within Republic of Ireland only - rates charged for the use of 1890 numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353-1-888 3272

Disease Sampling Form

Teagasc offers a Honeybee disease diagnostic service to beekeepers, more information available here