May 072012



The ICMSA has announced that Ciaran Dolan has stepped down from his position as General Secretary of the Association.

 Mr Dolan will continue to work within the farming and food sector as a consultant in agri-business and agricultural policy as well as pursuing a career as a barrister.

 In wishing him the best in his new career, the President of ICMSA, John Comer said that Mr Dolan had provided an outstanding professional service to the Association for over 33  year and had been centrally involved in every major policy issue affecting farming and the agri-business sector over that period.

 “Ciaran’s unique combination of experience, agricultural and economics training, underpinned by professional qualifications in law, equipped him to provide a valued input into policy-formulation and negotiations at local, national and European level. I am pleased to note that as part of Ciaran’s new consultancy business, he will provide specialist advice in relation to policy-formulation to the Association, said Mr Comer.

 For his part, Mr Dolan said that he wished to express his gratitude to the Association and to publicly acknowledge the immense support and friendship he has received from elected officers and the staff of the association down through the years.

 “The challenges and difficulties facing individual farm families and the wider sector have probably never been as demanding or as complex, but the rewards – in terms of the individual and in terms of the sector and the nation – have never been so attainable and so badly needed by both farmers and the country. Realising this potential can only happen through careful and rational analysis and I think that has always been the hallmark of ICMSA. I have no doubt but that this traditional strength of ICMSA will continue to grow and prosper into the future”, concluded Mr Dolan.

 Ends     4 May 2012.

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