New IFA Director General named

The Irish Farmers Association has announced the appointment of Damian McDonald as it’s new director general following an appointment process overseen by KPMG.

He is the current Chief Executive Officer of Horse Sport Ireland and a former CEO of Macra na Feirme.

He previously worked for the IFA from 1999 to 2001 in the position of Livestock Services Manager where he worked in the areas of Direct Payments and Animal Health.

During his previous roles in the IFA and Macra na Feirme, Damian McDonald represented farmers on various bodies including the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), the Milk Quota Review Group and the CAP Rural Development Monitoring Group.

In a statement IFA president Joe Healy said he was delighted to welcome somebody of the calibre of Damian McDonald and looked forward to working closely with him on many issues of concern to farm families.

McDonald will take up his new role in the New Year.

News correspondant with the Irish Farmers Journal Pat O’Toole tells Ocean FM News what IFA members can expect from the organisation under it’s new director general