6 FEBRUARY 2019
Dunmore native Mona O’Donoghue-Concannon has been has been elected to the senior position of ICSA Vice President for Connacht/Ulster. Taking up her position at the associations recent AGM & Annual Conference Ms O’Donoghue-Concannon described it as an honour and a proud moment for her and her family.
“For too long, the voices of women in agriculture haven’t been heard and I applaud ICSA for encouraging more women to stand for elected office and bring their expertise to the table. There is a place for women at all levels of farming politics and in farming organisations and I am honoured to be at the forefront of that charge.”
Mona runs a dairy, beef and suckler farm with her husband, brother and 14-year-old daughter in Cortoon in Tuam. The dairy enterprise comprises of sixty Shorthorn, Friesian and Montbéliarde cows, while Shorthorns dominate the sixty-cow-beef herd. Mona currently holds the title of Corrib Oil Lady Farmer of the Year having beaten off stiff competition to the title.
Hitting the ground running Mona said, “My immediate priority is with helping push through the association’s policies on Brexit and in particular securing the necessary rescue packages for the beef sector in the event of a no-deal Brexit. On CAP reform, we want to see a fully funded CAP that focuses on protecting payments to ordinary family farms, not massive industrial units.”
Outlining what she hopes to bring to the role as VP for Connacht/Ulster, she said “Farming is not just about individual farmers, it’s about farming families, rural communities and the broader agri-business world. I want to be a voice for genuine hard working farm families who produce the finest food in the world to the most exacting standards. We are also custodians of the land and we take our responsibility seriously and change and adapt our practices to meet environmental challenges.
None of this is easy and that is why it is so important for farmers to come together and engage with the broader community on all the issues affecting life in rural Ireland. It’s about raising awareness of the challenges and rising up to meet those challenges. I look forward to working with all the ICSA team and broader membership to deliver real sustainability for farming families, both economic and environmentally.”