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Three New Members Appointed to Teagasc Authority

Mr Brendan Gleeson, Dr Karina Pierce and Mr Tom Tynan have been appointed to the Teagasc Authority by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD. The three new board members attended their first meeting of the Authority today, Wednesday, 6 February in Oak Park, Carlow. The appointments are for a five-year term.

Mr Gleeson is a Principal Officer in the Meat and Milk Policy Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Dr Pierce is a Lecturer in Dairy Production in UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science and a former president of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA). Mr Tynan has held senior management positions in Origin Enterprises, Aryzta AG, (formerly IAWS Group plc) and Golden Vale plc. He also worked as Special Adviser to Ivan Yates TD during his term as Minister for Agriculture, Food & Forestry and was Executive Secretary to the IFA National Dairy and Liquid Milk Committees.

Speaking at the Authority meeting, Teagasc Chairman, Dr Noel Cawley welcomed the new members to the board saying that he looked forward to working with them as the Authority carries out its business.

Dr Cawley acknowledged the valuable contributions to Teagasc made by recently retired Authority members Mr Jimmy Brett, Professor Pat Fottrell, Ms Margaret Sweeney, and Mr Martin Heraghty. Dr Noel Cawley thanked all four for the knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment they brought to Teagasc during their terms on the Board.

Professor Fottrell served on the Teagasc Authority since 1988 and chaired the Research Committee, prior to that he served on the board of An Foras Talúntais from 1973 to 1988. Mr Brett served on the Authority for two periods from April 2002 and chaired the Audit Committee. Ms Sweeney completed a five year term and served on the Audit Committee. Mr Martin Heraghty chaired the Finance and HR Committee of the Authority.

Pictured with Teagasc Chairman Dr. Noel Cawley (R) are the newly appointed Authority members (L to R): Mr.Brendan Gleeson, Dr. Karina Pierce; and Mr. Tom Tynan, at their first Authority Meeting in Oak Park today, Wednesday, 6 February