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Coughlan announces Establishment of Industry Led Research Group to Underpin Development of the Food Industry

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., today announced the establishment of an industry led research group to drive the research agenda in food and underpin the development of the Irish food industry.

Minister Coughlan said that research was identified in Agri-Vision 2015 and the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013 as a key contributor to building a knowledge-based, competitive, innovative and consumer focussed agri-food sector and the National Development Plan 2007-2013 enhances supports in this area. The group being established will play an important role in ensuring that the significant funding being allocated to research results in optimum benefit for the food industry and the consumer in terms of quality, food safety and innovation.

The Research Group, to be chaired by Mr Dan Browne of the Dawn Meats Group, comprises representatives from the food and drinks industry, the relevant State agencies and research institutes. In addition to providing advice on high level priorities for research under the Department's food research initiatives, the Group will also act as the Irish platform in interacting with and contributing an Irish view to the European Technology Platform and EU Framework Research Programme.

Full membership of the Group is attached. The inaugural meeting will take place in the coming weeks.

21 September, 2007

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 and 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

Date Released: 21 September 2007