The IFA has announced a new regional staff structure for Munster with William Shortall appointed as a senior regional executive.

Shortall has over 15 years’ experience in IFA as a regional executive, working with IFA countryside and as a health and safety executive.

Munster IFA senior regional executive William Shortall. \ Donal O'Leary

Karol Kissane has been appointed as regional executive for Cork and Kerry.

Kissane has a degree in business studies and worked off farm for a number of years, qualifying as an accountant and a tax adviser.

He is a 2018 Nuffield Scholar and returned to farm in Kerry in 2013. Recently, Kissane has been involved with the online platform, Agri Insider, running farm webinars and events.

Karol Kissane.

Oisín McGlynn has been appointed as regional executive for north and south Tipperary, Limerick and Clare.

McGlynn has a degree in agricultural science from UCD. He is currently working as a dairy adviser with Teagasc in Wexford. He completed a Walsh Scholarship master's with Teagasc and UCD in 2019.

Oisín McGlynn.

New structure

IFA director of organisation James Kelly said the change in structure with a senior regional executive for Munster working with two regional executives gives a good balance of experience and fresh thinking.

The people we have appointed are passionate about farming

“William Shortall’s experience will be invaluable in providing support to our county officers in identifying and attracting new officer talent into IFA and in mentoring the new regional executives.

“The people we have appointed are passionate about farming. The new team will work with our elected officers and our regional offices in Cork, Clare, Kerry, Tipperary and Limerick.”

Shortall will take up the senior executive role with immediate effect. Kissane will take up his role on 1 March and McGlynn will join later in March.