The IFA has welcomed two new appointments this week, Aine O’Connell who begins her role as dairy executive and Geraldine O’Sullivan assuming the role of senior policy executive for environment, forestry and farm family.

O’Sullivan and O’Connell will be working closely on Nitrates Derogation and the ASSAP Programme.

Having joined the IFA in 2008, O’Sullivan and will be supported by a junior policy executive.

High calibre

O’Connell previously worked at Arrabawn in farm advisory and with ICMSA. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD for her research in milk quality undertaken at Teagasc Moorepark in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin.

IFA president Tim Cullinan said: “We’re delighted to have somebody of Aine’s calibre on board. Dairy farmers have invested hugely in recent years. It is crucial they are supported by the industry and the Government.”

Meanwhile, Denis Griffin the current regional executive for Kerry and Limerick will take over as the senior policy executive for rural development, hill farmers and co-ordinator of the CAP project team.

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