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Resilient Industry: Adapting to Change

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Resilient Industry: Adapting to Change

Event Date: Thursday March 7th 2024

Event Location: The Heritage Hotel

The charity event in Co. Laois, co-hosted by ASA President Niamh Bambrick and Macra President Elaine Houlihan, centered around the theme of "Resilient Industry: Adapting to Change."

Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, the event's key note speaker emphasized the importance of supporting women in agriculture, stating, "Supporting women in agriculture has been and will continue to be a primary focus for me, my department, and the government."

Reflecting on International Women's Day on March 8th, Minister McConalogue acknowledged progress in achieving gender balance but stressed that change is not occurring swiftly enough.

The lunch held in support of Breast Cancer Ireland featured two panel discussions: one on resilient women in our industry, and the other on the agri-industry's ability to adapt to change. The event garnered significant attendance from individuals representing various sectors within the agrifood industry.

The first panel, titled "Resilient Women," comprised Katie Gleeson, Aileen Barron, Avril Tierney, and Orla Treacy. Sarah McIntosh from the Farmers Journal chaired this panel. Following dessert, the second panel, chaired by Karina Pierce, delved into discussions about the agri-industry and its ability to adapt to change. The panelists included Ailliah Byrne, Jack O'Connor, and Tom Griffin.


In recognition of International Womens day the ASA and Macra will be donating proceed of the event to Breast Cancer Ireland.

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"Resilient Industry: Adapting to Change" hosted by ASA and Macra is kindly sponsored by FBD Insurance.

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Our Speakers

Aileen Barron

Aileen grew up on a dairy farm in County Waterford, and has spent her entire life immersed in the world…

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Ailish Byrne

Dr Ailish Byrne is an agricultural scientist who qualified with a first class honours B.Agr.Sc from University College Dublin. She…

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Avril Tierney

Avril Tierney is a mam, wife, daughter, sister and friend from Dublin but living in Portarlington, Laois since 2005. She…

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Jack O’ Connor

Jack O’Connor is Ruminant Business Unit Director for MSD Animal Health in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Jack…

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Katie Gleeson

Katie Gleeson is dairy farming alongside her husband Phil in County Tipperary, juggling farm life alongside raising three children and…

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Orla Treacy

Sister Orla Treacy was born in Carlow in 1973 and grew up in Kerry, Clare and Wicklow. At a young…

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Tom Griffen

Tom Griffin is General Counsel and Co-op Secretary at one of Ireland’s largest dairy co-operatives, Lakeland Dairies. With 20-years experience…

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Chairperson: Sarah McIntosh

Having qualified from UCD in 2021 with a BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) in Food and Agribusiness Management Sarah has…

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Chairperson: Karina Pierce

Karina graduated with a BAgrSc in 2001 and completed her PhD in 2005, both from UCD. She is Professor of…

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