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Coughlan Addresses First Meeting Of Industry Led Food Research

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  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