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New Secretary General of DAFM Announced

Jan 9, 2015 | General News | 0 comments

9th January 2015

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has announced the appointment of Aidan O’Driscoll as the new Secretary General of the Department, following approval of the appointment by the Government.

Aidan O’Driscoll replaces Tom Moran who has completed ten years as Secretary General.
Minister Coveney said “I am delighted that Aidan O’Driscoll is the new Secretary General of my Department. I’ve worked with Aidan for nearly 4 years and have full confidence in him to provide the leadership, intelligence and ambition to deliver for Irish Agriculture, the food industry and the Marine sector into the future.”

“This is an exciting time for the Agri-food sector with the abolition of quotas in April and prospects presented by new and emerging markets. There are significant opportunities and challenges ahead and I am confident that, under his leadership, the Department can capitalise on these opportunities”.

“I want to acknowledge the leadership of Tom Moran over the past ten years and wish him well in his future endeavours” the Minister concluded.

In his most recent role as Assistant Secretary in the Department, Aidan O’Driscoll had responsibility for EU Affairs, Economics and Climate Change, and successfully steered the 2013 CAP negotiations.

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ICSA Beef chair Edmund Graham has criticised factories for attempting to direct the trade by pulling prices this week in order to fill their own feedlots. “Prices being pulled this week is a disgrace as there is no real justification for it. The average GB price (England, Scotland, Wales) has increased by the equivalent of 20c/kg excluding VAT since the start of August. Meanwhile, after a few weeks of improved prices, factories are attempting to drive Irish prices to a new low for 2023. This is not acceptable,” he said.

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