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Horticulture Development

Department Objectives

  • Drive and guide the expansion and development of the horticulture sector in Ireland, in consultation with stakeholders, so that it can achieve and optimise its potential
  • Facilitate near-market horticultural research, development and associated technology transfer through an integrated horticultural research, advisory and educational programme

Department Structure 


Mushrooms - Dr. Helen Grogan

IPM and Other Horticultural Research - Dr. Michael Gaffney

Knowledge Transfer

  • Mushrooms - Donal Gannon
  • Vegetables - Stephen Alexander
  • Soft Fruit - Eamonn Kehoe
  • Cut Foliage & Veg - Andy Whelton
  • Nursery Stock & Ornamentals - Donall Flanagan


  • Technicians - Leo Finn & Irene Marongiu
  • Pathology, H&S - Brian McGuinness


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