Experts In Their Field – Episode 6
In this podcast Odile Evans (ASA Council member) talks to John Muldowney, the agricultural attaché in the Irish embassy in London. John is from North Kilkenny and studied agricultural science in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and University College Dublin (UCD) in the early 1990’s. He received a scholarship from the veterinary college in UCD to complete a Masters on the influence of earthworm populations on badger numbers in areas of Co Kilkenny.
He then got a job as Assistant Agricultural Inspector (AAI) in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine working on the biodiversity unit in Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford. The core function of this unit was to inform the biodiversity function of Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS).
In 2012 John was promoted to the role of Agricultural Inspector (AI) in the climate action division of the Department. Part of this role involved partaking in the agricultural talks for the UNFCCC Paris Agreement
Then in 2020 John moved into the role of agricultural attaché with the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Irish embassy in London. He and his wife Siobhan have three young children, so moving the family to London was a big undertaking. As agricultural attaché, John’s job is to provide the ‘person on the ground’ in London, to help create contacts between DAFM and DEFRA, monitoring changes in policy in the UK and ensuring Irish stakeholders understand the impacts that might have.
The ASA would like to thank John for kindly giving his time to record this podcast.