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The Teagasc Authority

Our 11 member Authority is appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine and has representatives from the farming organisations, the food industry, the universities, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Teagasc staff.

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Code of Business Conduct for members of the Teagasc Authority.

Teagasc Authority Members

Authority   Authority 
Liam Herlihy - Chairperson
Mr Herlihy is a dairy farmer from County Waterford.  He was first  appointed Chairperson in September 2018. He was reappointed in July 2023 for a further period of five years by Minister McConalogue. Read more on Liam Herlihy


Donald Scully
Donald is a third generation dairy farmer, a member of ICMSA’s National Council and former member of ICMSA’s Executive Committee. Read more on Donald Scully
Vanessa Kiely O’Connor 
Vanessa is a dairy farmer from Innishannon, County Cork. She graduated with a Diploma in Corporate Direction (Food Business) from the UCC/ICOS programme. She holds a Diploma in Environmental Science and Social Policy, from UCC. Read more on Vanessa Kiely O'Connor
Authority  Authority Member 
Elaine Houlihan
Elaine from Athlacca, County Limerick is President of Macra na Feirme.She took up the post of President of Macra na Feirme in May 2023. Elaine previously was the Munster Vice-President of Macra for two years. Read more on Elaine Houlihan
Elizabeth Reynolds 
Elizabeth is a consultant, board member and experienced business leader.  She worked with GlaxoSmithKline for 24 years and brings to the Teagasc Authority a wealth of international business experience. Read more on Elizabeth Reynolds
Helen Sheridan
Dr Helen Sheridan is an Associate Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin. Read more on Helen Sheridan
Authority  Authority  Authority 
Martina Donnelly
Martina is a Business and Technology Advisor at Teagasc, Advisory and Training Centre, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway.  Martina is the Teagasc Staff Representative and Joint Chair of the National Partnership Committee in Teagasc. Read more on Martina Donnelly
Thia Hennessy
Thia is Head of the College of Business and Law at University College Cork and also Professor of Agri-Food Economics.  As a senior academic and an agricultural economist, Thia is in a position to make a considerable contribution to the Teagasc Authority. Read more on Thia Hennessy
Liam Woulfe
Liam is Managing Director of Grassland Agro and Chairman and owner of Freshgrass Group.  Liam is also a Director in 15 other companies including the Irish Farmers Journal Group.  Liam became the Cecil King-Ireland Young Manager in the 1990's. Read more on Liam Woulfe
Authority  Alice Doyle Deputy President IFA   
Louise Byrne
Louise is the Deputy Chief Inspector in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for Food and Feed Safety, Crop Policy and Plant Health. She is the current Chief Plant Health Officer for Ireland. Read more on Louise Byrne
Alice Doyle
Alice is a Carlow native and the first woman IFA Deputy President. She farms alongside her husband on a beef and tillage farm at Ballyoughter, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Alice is a teacher by profession. She taught in a number of rural & urban schools in Carlow & Wexford befoew being appointed as a school Principal.