The inaugural meeting of the Beef Taskforce – which was established on foot of the agreement of 15 September – took place on Tuesday, December 3rd in Agriculture House.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, said: “I am delighted that a meeting of the taskforce has now taken place.”
The taskforce, he added, will provide for a robust implementation structure for commitments entered into the agreement.
“I appointed a very experienced and able chairperson in Michael Dowling to lead this process. It is imperative that the entire sector works together to secure the future of Irish beef.” the Minister concluded.
At yesterday’s meeting, the terms of reference of the Taskforce were agreed and adopted.
Activity under the actions agreed to on 15 September was discussed in “some detail”, according to Creed.
Composition of taskforce
The taskforce is comprised of an independent chair, nominated by the Minister, and nominees from farm organisations as follows:
- Michael Dowling – Chair;
- Sinead McPhillips – DAFM;
- Maria Dunne – DAFM;
- Aidan Murray – Teagasc;
- Padraig Brennan – Bord Bia;
- Pat McCormack – ICMSA;
- Des Morrison – ICMSA;
- Edmond Phelan – ICSA;
- Eddie Punch – ICSA;
- Joe Healy – IFA;
- Kevin Kinsella – IFA;
- TJ Flanagan – ICOS;
- Thomas Duffy – MACRA NA FEIRME;
- Derrie Dillion – MACRA NA FEIRME;
- Dermot O’Brien – BEEF PLAN MOVEMENT;
- Enda Fingleton – BEEF PLAN MOVEMENT;
- Brendan Joyce – INHFA;
- Colm O’Donnell – INHFA;
- Philip Carroll – MII;
- Cormac Healy – MII;
- Joe Ryan – MII;
- Sean Coughlan – ICBF.
Secretariat will be provided by the DAFM;
- Valerie Woods – DAFM – Secretariat;
- Greg Murray – DAFM – Secretariat.