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Coughlan Calls For Increased Support For Pigmeat Sector

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan TD, yesterday addressed the first meeting of the industry led research group, which she had established in September to drive the research agenda in food.

The group includes representatives of industry, consumers, relevant State agencies and research institutes who will advise on high level research priorities and act as the national platform in contributing an Irish view into the European Technology Platform and EU Framework Research Programme.

Thanking the members, and the chair, Dan Browne, who had accepted her invitation to contribute to the Research Group, the Minister wished them well in their first task of recommending priorities for the next call for proposals under the Department's FIRM food research programme.

The Minister recalled that "the food industry has undergone great change in little over a decade, and great changes and challenges lie ahead for this, our most important indigenous manufacturing industry. R & D and innovation have been highlighted in Agri-Vision 2015 and in the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013 as key to building a knowledge-based, competitive, innovative and consumer focussed agri-food sector. Your group will play an important role in ensuring that the significant funding provided for research for public good food research results in optimum benefit for the food industry and the consumer in terms of quality, food safety and innovation."

Agri Vision 2015 Research Group - Members
Name Organisation
Mr Dan Browne (Chairman) Dawn Meats Group
Mr Larry Murrin Dawn Farm Foods
Mr Michael Patten Diageo Ireland
Mr Kieran Carolan Green Isle Foods
Mr Raymond Coyle Largo Foods
Mr Colin Gordon Glanbia Consumer Foods
Mr Paul Kelly, FDII. Food & Drinks Industry Ireland - IBEC
Dr Liam Donnelly Teagasc Moorepark Food Research Centre
Dr Declan Troy Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre
Ms Tara McCarthy Bord Bia
Mr Richard McCormick Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Dr Paul Roben Enterprise Ireland
Dr Alan Reilly Food Safety Authority of Ireland
Dr Geraldine Quinn Food Safety Promotion Board
Mr Dermot Hurst Marine Institute
Dr Maurice Treacy Science Foundation Ireland
Mr Dermott Jewell Consumers' Association of Ireland
Prof Brian McKenna University College Dublin
Prof Gerald Fitzgerald University College Cork
Prof Michael Devereux DIT Institutes of Technology/DIT
Dr Tony Smith Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Mr Declan Coppinger
(Secretary to the Group)
Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

25 October 2007

Date Released: 25 October 2007