IFA’s new Dairy Executive Aine O’Connell has taken up her role this week. Aine O’Connell has worked at Arrabawn in farm advisory and with ICMSA.
In 2015, Aine O’Connell was awarded a PhD for her research in milk quality undertaken at Teagasc Moorepark in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin.
A native of Tipperary, Aine lives on a dairy farm with her husband Vincent in Claremorris, Co. Mayo.
IFA Director General Damian McDonald welcomed Aine to IFA.
“Aine is passionate about the dairy sector and has a strong track record in her academic and employment career to date,” he said.
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”.
Aine O’Connell said she looked forward to working with the IFA National Dairy Committee and Chairman Tom Phelan and the National Liquid Milk Committee and its Chair Keith O’Boyle.
“There are many challenges facing our dairy farmers and I want to ensure their issues are at the centre of dairy policy discussions. As primary producers, it’s imperative that dairy farmers get a fair return for their work and investment,” she said.