Michael Foley is the longest serving Membership Development Officer for the ICSA, a position he has held since 1995. He is a native of Kells, Co. Meath, and has a strong background in agriculture, having grown up on a farm. His father was also involved in the livestock export industry.
He travels to farms throughout the country, recruiting members to the organisation. His daily contact with farmers of all types means he has his finger on the pulse of Irish farming and knows the issues that are most concerning to the sector. He says that he has great belief in the Irish farming industry; while it’s a tough way to make a living, he says, “we’re lucky to be involved in such a relatively successful industry. Farmers are the salt of the earth, every day I encounter old-fashioned decency from farm families. It’s a great pleasure to meet farmers and their families on a daily basis.” To date, Michael has recruited over 10,000 members nationally.