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13. State Bodies and Agencies


Teagasc - the Agriculture and Food Development Authority - supports science based innovation in the agri-food sector and broader bio-economy to underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. Through its Research (agriculture and food) and its Knowledge Transfer services (education and advisory) it pursues four goals;

  • Improve the competitiveness of agriculture food and wider bio economy;
  • Support sustainable farming and the environment;
  • Encourage diversification of the rural economy and enhance the quality of life in rural areas;
  • Enhance organisational capability and deliver value for money.


Integrated research (agriculture and food) and knowledge transfer (education and advisory) services are provided through our research centres, colleges and a network of advisory offices.

Head Office: Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, Tel: (059) 9170200; email: 


Director of Teagasc: Prof.Gerry Boyle; email:  

Director of Research: Dr. Frank O'Mara; email:

Director of Knowledge Transfer: Dr. Tom Kelly; email:  

Chief Operations Officer: Tom Doherty; email: Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow. Tel: (059) 9170200


Director of Research: Dr. Frank O'Mara; email: Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow. Tel: (059) 9170200

Assistant Director of Research: Declan Troy; email: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15. Tel. (01) 8059500

Manager of Research Operations: Dr. Owen Carton; email: Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow. Tel: (059) 9170200


Director of Knowledge Transfer: Dr. Tom Kelly; email: Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow. Tel: (059) 9170200

Assistant Director of Knowledge Transfer: Vacant

Head of Education Programme: Paddy Browne; email: Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow. Tel: (059) 9170200

Assistant Director - Advisory Areas: Dermot McCarthy, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork. email: Tel: (025)42244


Head of Food Programme: Prof. Paul Ross; email: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork. Tel: (025) 42222

Head of Animal and Grassland Programme: Dr. Pat Dillon; email:  

Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork. Tel: (025) 42222

Head of Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme: Dr. Noel Culleton, Crops, Environment and Land Use Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.Email: Tel (053) 9171200

Head of Rural Economy and Development Programme: Dr Cathal O'Donoghue,Rural Economy Research Centre, Athenry, Co Galway.Email: Tel: 091 84500

Head of Education Programme: Paddy Browne; email: Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow. Tel: (059) 9170200


Head of Food Programme: Prof. Paul Ross; email: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co CorkTel: (025) 42222

Research Locations:
Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15 Tel: (01) 8059500
Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork Tel: (025) 42222
Moorepark Technology Ltd., Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork. Tel: (025) 42222

Research Departments:
Food Safety Research Department; Dr. Geraldine Duffy;
email: Tel: (01) 8059500
Food Bioscience Research Department; Dr. Tom Beresford;
email: Tel: (025) 42222
Food Technology and Quality Research Department: Dr Mark Fenelon;
Email: Tel: (025) 42222
Food Industry Development Department; Pat Daly;
email: Tel: (01) 8059500


Head of Animal and Grassland Research Programme: Dr. Pat Dillon; email:

Research Locations:
Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre
Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co Galway. Tel: (091) 845845
Grange, Dunsany, Co Meath. Tel: (046) 9061100
Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork. Tel: (025) 42222

Research Departments:
Animal and Bioscience Research Department; Dr. Richard Dewhurst;
email: Tel: (046) 9061100

Grassland Science Research Department; Dr. Michael O'Donovan;
email: Tel: (025) 42222

Livestock Systems Research Department; Dr. Padraig French;
email: Tel: (025) 42222

Research Enterprise Leaders:
Sheep Enterprise Leader-Athenry; Prof. Michael Diskin;
email: Tel: (091) 845845
Beef Enterprise Leader-Grange; Dr. Edward O'Riordan;
email: Tel: (046) 9061100
Dairy Enterprise Leader- Moorepark; Dr. Padraig French;
email: Tel: (025) 42222

Knowledge Transfer Departments:
Dairying: Tom O Dwyer, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork.
email: Tel (024) 42244

Drystock: Bernard Smyth, Teagasc, Ballyhaise, County Cavan
email: Tel. (049) 4338108

Development Unit:
Pig Development Unit: Michael Martin, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork.
email: Tel: (025) 42222


Head of Crops, Environment and Land Use Programme:
Dr Noel Culleton Email:  

Research Locations:
Crops Research Centre, Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow.
Prof. James Burke; email: Tel. (059) 9170200
Environment Research Centre, Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.
Dr. Noel Culleton; email: Tel: (053) 9171200

Research Departments:
Crop Science Research Department
Dermot Forristal; email: Tel. (059) 9170200

Environment Research Department
Dr. Rogier Schulte; email: Tel: (053) 9171200

Knowledge Transfer Departments:
Crops: Jim O'Mahony, Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow.
email: Tel: (059) 9170200

Environment: Pat Murphy, Teagasc Johnstown Castle, County Wexford.
email: Tel: (053) 9171255

Development Units:
Horticulture Development Unit:
Jim O'Mahony, Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow.
email: Tel: (059) 9170200 also Kinsealy Centre, Malahide Road, Dublin 17. Tel: (01) 8459000

Forestry Development Unit: Dr. Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway. email: Tel: (091) 845200


Head of Rural Economy and Development Programme: Dr Cathal O'Donoghue
Email: Tel: (091) 845200

Research Locations:
Rural Economy Research Centre, Teagasc, Athenry, Co Galway.
Dr. Cathal O'Donoghue; email: Tel. (091) 845200

Research Departments:
Agri-Food Economics Research Department
Dr. Thia Hennessy; email: Tel. (091) 845200

Rural Sustainability Research Department
Dr. Cathal O'Donoghue; email: Tel. (091) 845200

Surveys Research Department
Dr. Liam Connolly; email: Tel. (091) 845200

Knowledge Transfer Department:
Farm Management and Rural Development: Vacant


Head of Education Programme: Paddy Browne, Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow.
email: Tel: (059) 9170200

Education Manager North: Larry Kennedy, Teagasc Grange, Dunsany, Co Meath.
email: Tel: (046) 9061145

Education Manager South: Tony Pettit, Teagasc, Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny.
email: Tel: (051) 644000

Horticulture Education Manager: Dr Paul Cusack, College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
email: Tel: (01) 8040201

Head of Curriculum and Quality Assurance Unit: Liam Myles (Acting),Teagasc Kinsealy Centre, Malahide Rd, Dublin 17.
email: Tel: (01) 8459000


Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan.
Principal: Mr Felix McCabe; email: Tel: (049) 4338108

Agricultural College, Darrara, Clonakilty, Co Cork
Principal: John Mulhern; email: Tel: (023) 88 33302

Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny
Principal: Frank Murphy; email: Tel: (051) 644400

Gurteen Agricultural College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.
Principal: Michael Pearson; email: Tel: (067) 21282

Franciscan Brothers Agricultural College, Mountbellew, Co Galway.
Principal: Tom Burke; email: Tel: (090) 9679205

Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick.
Principal: John McCarthy; email: Tel: (061) 393100

College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
Principal: Dr Paul Cusack; email: Tel: (01) 8040201

Kildalton Horticultural College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny.
Assistant Principal: Mr Ciaran Walsh; email: Tel: (051) 644400

eTraining College
Teagasc, Kinsealy Centre, Malahide Road, Dublin 17. Tel: (01) 8459000


Advisory Areas:

Cavan/Monaghan Advisory Area
Teagasc, Advisory Office, Ballyhaise College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan.
Area manager: Larry O Loughlin; email: Tel: (049) 4338300

Clare Advisory Area
Teagasc, Station Road, Ennis, Co Clare.
Area manager: Gerard MacMahon; email: Tel: (065) 6828676

Cork East Advisory Area
Teagasc, Sandfield, Mallow, Co Cork.
Area manager: Jerry McCarthy; email: Tel: (022) 21936

Cork West Advisory Area
Teagasc, Advisory Office, Clonakilty College, Darrara, Clonakilty Co Cork.
Area manager: Tom Egan; email: Tel: (023) 8832580

Donegal Advisory Area
Teagasc, Cavan Lower, Ballybofey, Co Donegal.
Area manager: Martin Henry; email: Tel: (074) 9131189

Galway Advisory Area
Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co Galway.
Area manager: Brendan Heneghan; email: Tel: (091) 845200

Kerry Advisory Area
Teagasc, The Pavilion, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Co Kerry.
Area manager: Tom Shanahan; email: Tel: (066) 7125077

Laois/Kildare Advisory Area
Teagasc, 1 Park Villas, Portlaoise, Co Laois.
Area manager: Con Feighery; email: Tel: (057) 8621326

Limerick Advisory Area
Teagasc, Gortboy, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick
Area manager: Tom Shanahan; email: Tel: (069) 61444

Mayo Advisory Area
Teagasc, Bunree Road, Ardnaree, Ballina, Co Mayo.
Area manager: Peter McGrath; email: Tel: (096) 22335

Meath /Dublin/Louth Advisory Area
Teagasc, Kells Road, Navan, Co Meath.
Area manager: Larry O Loughlin; email: Tel: (046) 9021792

Roscommon/Longford Advisory Area
Teagasc, Abbey Street, Roscommon.
Area manager: Oliver Burke; email: Tel: (0906) 626166

Sligo/Leitrim Advisory Area
Teagasc, Carrownanty, Ballymote, Co Sligo.
Area manager: Martin Henry; email: Tel: (071) 9183369

Tipperary Advisory Area
Teagasc, Carrigeen, Clonmel, Co Tipperary.
Area manager: Donal Mullane; email: Tel: (052) 6121300

Waterford/Kilkenny Advisory Area
Teagasc, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co Waterford.
Area manager: John Moloney; email: Tel: (058) 41211

Westmeath/Offaly Advisory Area
Teagasc, Bellview, Dublin Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.
Area manager: Des Keegan; email: Tel: (044) 9340721

Wexford Advisory Area
Teagasc, Dublin Road, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Area manager: John Keating; email: Tel: (053) 9239210

Wicklow/Carlow Advisory Area
Teagasc, Coolruss, Tinahely, Co Wicklow.
Area manager: John Keating; email: Tel: (0402) 38171


The Teagasc Advisory Service seeks to maximise the income and sustainability of farm families within rural communities through the implementation of the following programmes:

Business and Technology Programme
Farmers need increased technical and financial support to develop their businesses in response to the new external environment brought about by increased market opportunity and the challenges posed by more volatile international markets. Through its Business and Technology (B&T) service Teagasc continue to increase the competitiveness of Irish agriculture. The key components of the B&T programme include increased use of financial and business tools (the profit monitor, cost control planner and other financial tools), monitor farms, discussion groups, industry joint programmes, focused farm visits, and business and technology training for adult farmers. The programme focuses better business management and uptake of technology by farmers, ensuring that they can compete internationally in the context of future changes in the CAP.

Environment and Technology Programme
Achieving Sustainable Systems of Agriculture is one of the major goals for Teagasc. The new Environment and Technology (E&T) programme, focuses on providing environmental services, training and advice to farmers. This programme supports sustainable farming through the provision of environmental services, nutrient/manure management planning services and the transfer of environmental technologies from research. The Programme provides a balance of environmental and technical advice for farmers.

The key activities of the programme are:

  • Support farmers participating in environment schemes such as AEOS and REPS;
  • Deliver fertilizer planning services to farmers;
  • Improve the efficiency and profitability of farms;
  • Support national initiatives around national water quality and greenhouse gas abatement.

Rural Innovation Programme
This programme delivers advice on alternative enterprises and businesses, including rural tourism, artisan food, organic farming, sport horse production, deer production, free range poultry, and goat farming. A service is provided to assist rural people starting their own business, which includes training and mentoring services and assistance in financing, business planning marketing and public relations.  Clients with significant developmental or financial viability issues to tackle are supported through a formal planning process to deal with the challenges which confront them.


A range of specialised advisory, training and consultancy services are provided by Teagasc to the agri-business sector. Joint development programmes are now in operation with dairy processors, meat processors, livestock marts and other agri-businesses.

Corporate clients who wish to avail of these or any Teagasc advisory, training, research or laboratory services should contact the Advisory Area Managers.

Analytical Services
Teagasc provides an independent analytical service to farmers and to the industry through the following locations:
Soils nutrient advice
Teagasc Environment Research Centre, Johnstown Castle, Wexford. Tel: (053) 71200

Plant Pests and Diseases
Teagasc Crops Research Centre, Oak Park, Carlow, Tel: (059) 9170200

Specialist residue and chemical contaminant analysis
Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Tel (01) 8059500

Food Industry Research and Development Supports
Teagasc provides contract research and consultancy services to food companies from its two food research sites at:
Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15. Tel: (01) 8059500
Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork. Tel: (025) 42222

Food industry supports are provided by a number of means as follows:

  • Access to the expertise and outputs from the food research programme;
  • Access to a range of modern food production and product testing facilities located in Dublin and Cork;
  • Food training programmes and individual company contract research and consultancy opportunities.


Teagasc provides a suite of training for young entrants, farmers, rural entrepreneurs and executives/operatives in the food industry. Teagasc has a network of over 150 teachers and trainers operating from colleges, local training centres and research centres. More than 10,000 people attend Teagasc training courses each year.

All education and training programmes have recently been evaluated, upgraded and benchmarked to the best international standards.

The important features of these new developments are:

National Accreditation
The accreditation of Teagasc's education and training programmes within the framework of the National Qualification Authority has raised the standing of Teagasc courses both nationally and internationally.

Further Education and Training Courses
Further education and training programmes are available in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and horses. These courses are available at seven colleges and at local Teagasc centres depending on demand. To meet the needs of the growing number of part-time farmers, many courses are provided at night, weekends and during annual holiday periods. Courses are also available online.

These courses open up a wide range of career options for participants. Many will return to farming either on a full-time or part-time capacity but there are excellent job prospects in the expanding amenity horticulture and forestry sectors.

Practical training with approved hosts, home farm involvement and discussion group participation are integral parts of these courses where participants have the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies associated with their chosen career.

Participants who achieve the necessary results may transfer to higher level course and progress up the National Framework of Qualifications ladder.

Higher Education Courses
There are now eleven higher level programmes appearing on the CAO list and this is set to expand in the years ahead. All of these courses are conducted jointly by Teagasc colleges and various higher level institutions thus facilitating the best use of the core competencies of each of the partner institutions.

These courses are accredited by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) and graduates have the opportunity to progress up to degree level. Recruitment to the courses is through the CAO system with a number of places reserved for mature students and holders of designated Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) awards.

Higher Education Links Scheme
The Higher Education Links Scheme enables holders of further education awards to apply for a quota of higher education courses. Specific further education courses are linked with specific higher education courses. Applicants for a higher education course, covered by the scheme, are made through the standard CAO form.


The Irish food industry needs to be able to guarantee the quality of the product it is supplying to increasingly discriminating consumers. In order to maintain and improve market position, food companies must be committed to training their personnel in the technologies required in modern food manufacturing.

Teagasc is the leading supplier of training to the food processing and retail sector in food safety and quality systems, food innovation and new product development. Teagasc provides training in all aspects of food quality and safety with a view to assisting food businesses to meet legal obligations, customer requirements and industry best practice.

Teagasc's main strengths are derived from broad experience in the food sector and the applied nature of the training programmes provided. Many of our programmes incorporate a practical on-the-job element to optimise the transfer of information and maximise application.

Teagasc food industry training is provided at two main centres, the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Castleknock, Dublin 15, and at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy Co Cork. Training is also provided at local level and on site where it is deemed appropriate.


Detailed information on all Teagasc courses is available from the Knowledge Transfer Directorate, Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow as well as from colleges and local Teagasc offices.

An annual Prospectus of Teagasc courses which also features profiles on past students is also available from any of the above locations.

Comprehensive information on Teagasc training is also available on the Teagasc website at


A wide range of publications - handbooks, leaflets, financial bulletins, recording sheets and videotapes are available from Teagasc.

Full particulars of these publications can be obtained from local Teagasc offices or the Publications Office, Teagasc, Head Office, Oak Park, Carlow. Tel: 059 9183409, email:


Bord Bia is the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry's trade development, information and promotion agency. Its mission is to deliver effective and innovative market development, promotion and information services to assist companies grow and win new business.

Bord Bia works in partnership with industry to increase sales and exports of Irish food (including seafood), beverages and horticulture by developing long-term relationships between Irish companies and trade buyers. Company participation is facilitated at trade exhibitions under the 'Ireland the Food Island' umbrella brand and inward buying visits are co-ordinated.

Promotional programmes are also developed to support marketing activities and display the distinctiveness to Irish products through advertising, media relations and point of sale material and other tools.

To this end Bord Bia has developed Quality Assurance Schemes for beef, lamb, pigmeat, eggs and poultry and horticulture which provide independent certification of quality back to farm level. The horticulture programme encompasses field vegetables, mushrooms, soft fruit and top fruit, protected crops and potatoes as well as a programme for producers of hardy nursery stock, potted plants and bedding plants.

Commercial success depends on reliable information and strategic contacts. Bord Bia has a thorough understanding of the capabilities and strategies of Irish food, drink and horticultural companies and supplies them with information and insight on global market trends.

Services for small business are provided through the Bord Bia Vantage Programme ( and a Marketing Assistance Programme (MAP) provides targeted assistance to help eligible companies to improve their marketing capabilities.

Bord Bia also provides guidance on routes to market ( and farmers markets including those participating in the Code of Good Practice.

Bord Bia employs 103 staff, has nine offices in export markets - in Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris and Shanghai - as well as a head office in Dublin.

For further information, contact the Information Unit, Bord Bia, Clanwilliam Court, Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 6685155. Email: Website:


Coillte Teoranta is a private limited company, which operates in forestry and related activities on a commercial basis. The company is co-owned by the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The company was established under the Forestry Act, 1988 which sets out its objectives and duties. In accordance with the Act, the State's forest estate was vested in the company to facilitate its management and development on a commercial basis.

Principal Objectives:

  • To carry on the business of forestry and related activities on a commercial basis and in accordance with efficient silvicultural practices;
  • To establish and carry on woodland industries;
  • To participate with others in forestry and related activities consistent with its objects, designed to enhance the effective and profitable operation of the company; and
  • To utilise and manage the resources available to it in a manner consistent with the above objects.

For more information contact Coillte, The Irish Forestry Board, Newtownmountkennedy,Co Wicklow. Tel: 01 2011111, Website:  


Bord na gCon was established on 28 May 1958 under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.


  • The control, promotion and operation of greyhound racing;
  • The operation of totalisator betting;
  • The regulation of public sales of greyhounds;
  • The making of grants for prize money and the allocation of grants to improve the amenities at tracks;
  • The licensing of greyhound tracks and their officials;
  • The authorisation of bookmakers to conduct business at tracks and the collection of levies on course bets;
  • The promotion of greyhound exports;
  • The overall control of coursing.

For further information contact Irish Greyhound Board -Bord na gCon, 104 Henry Street, Limerick. Tel: 061 316788 Fax: 061 316739 email: Website:


Horse Racing Ireland was established on 18 December 2001 under the provisions of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act, 2001 to replace the Irish Horseracing Authority including its Racecourses, Tote and Irish Thoroughbred Marketing subsidiaries and to incorporate certain administrative functions of the Irish Turf Club. It is thus charged with the overall administration, promotion and development of the horse racing industry.


  • Development and promotion of Irish horseracing;
  • Promotion of the Irish thoroughbred horse;
  • Allocation of race fixtures, programmes and prize money;
  • Negotiation of sale of media and data rights;
  • Operation of a totalisator at race meetings;
  • Representation of Irish racing internationally;
  • Development of authorised racecourses;
  • Operation of racecourses that are owned by HRI;
  • Control of the operations of authorised bookmakers;
  • Financial and other support to assist the industry's training and educational needs;
  • Stakeholding of prize fund including entry fees and sponsorship;
  • Guaranteeing the cost of integrity services;
  • Overall administration of Irish racing other than those functions specified in legislation to be carried out by the Racing Regulatory Body;
  • Registration of horse identification, names, owners, colours and acceptance of entries and declarations;
  • Compilation and publication of the racing calendar and form book;
  • Provision and maintenance of mobile track equipment, including starting stalls, photo finish and camera patrol equipment.

For further information contact Horse Racing Ireland, Ballymany, The Curragh, Co Kildare. Tel: 045 455455 Fax: 045 455456/455604 email: website:


The Irish National Stud Co. Ltd keeps a range of top class stallions with a view to making quality bloodlines available to the thoroughbred horse industry in Ireland. The Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra's Garden, both of which are located on the grounds of the Stud, plus the opportunity for visitors to view the horses standing at the Stud have proven to be a major tourist attraction through the years. The Stud also engages in farming activities and trains people for employment in the bloodstock sector.

For further information, contact the Irish National Stud, Tully, Kildare. Tel: 045 521251; E-Mail: , Website:


The National Milk Agency continues to regulate, on a national basis, the supply of milk for liquid consumption. This Agency is responsible for the registration of suppliers and pasteurisers of drinking milk and of the supply contracts made between them with the purpose of ensuring a reliable year round supply of drinking milk to the consumer.

For further information, contact the National Milk Agency, IPC House, Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4. Tel: 01 6603396; Website:


The Veterinary Council of Ireland, which regulates the practice of veterinary medicine, was established on the 1 January 2006 under Section 11 of the Veterinary Practice Act, 2005. The Veterinary Council of Ireland has 19 members, which reflects interests such as education, animal welfare, consumers and food safety and a balance as between veterinarians and others.

For further information, contact the Veterinary Council of Ireland, 53 Lansdowne Rd., Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Tel: 6684402, Website:  


BIM is the state agency with primary responsibility for the sustainable development of the Irish seafish and aquaculture industry both at sea and ashore, and the diversification of the coastal economy so as to enhance the employment, income and welfare of people in coastal regions and their contribution to the national economy.

BIM provides a wide range of financial, technical, educational, marketing, resource development and ice supply services for the production sector through to the processing and marketing sectors.

For further details on BIM see chapter 13 on Sea Fisheries

For more information contact B.I.M., P.O. Box 12, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Tel: 01 2144100, Website:


The Marine Institute is responsible for marine research delivery and is the implementing body for Marine RTDI Measures under the National Development Plan 2007-2013, the main aim of which is to support a strong link between research and innovation and industry in order to promote sustainable economic development.

The Marine Institute also leads the new national marine knowledge research and innovation strategy "Sea Change", launched in February 2007, which aims to ensure that Ireland fully maximises the economic, social and environmental contribution of its marine resources.

For more information contact Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway.Tel: 091 387200, Website:


The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) was established on the 1st January 2007. It is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of National and EU Regulations on Sea Fisheries Protection and Seafood Safety. Sea Fisheries Officers work closely with other Government agencies such as the Naval Service, Food Safety Authority and the Marine Institute, in the implementation of fisheries control and seafood safety programmes.

For more information contact Sea Fisheries Protection Authority HQ, Clogheen, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Tel: 023 8859300, Website: