Vincent Roddy will succeed Colm O’Donnell as president of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers’ Association (INHFA) later this month.
He will take up his new seat of office at the farm group’s AGM on September 27th, 2021.
O’Donnell said Roddy was the “unanimous choice” in a nomination process conducted over recent weeks with its county and branch officers.
When wishing him success in his new role, O’Donnell pointed to the experience Roddy has on policy and organisational structure.
“Vincent will be invaluable in the coming two years as we finalise a CAP deal and address the challenges posed by the EU Biodiversity Strategy while continuing to grow the organisation.”
“Since our establishment in spring 2015, Roddy has played an important role both on policy and in recent times, as director of organisation.”
“He oversaw the establishment of our county and branch structure in a role that demanded hard work with little public recognition.”
“As president, he will now get the opportunity to lead from the front in what promises to be an exciting time for the INHFA,” added O’Donnell.
Represent suckler and sheep farmers
In discussing his own two terms as president O’Donnell, thanked all members – especially those that have held an officer position for their work and dedication during his four-year tenure.
The INHFA president also focused on the establishment of the organisation. “This was done to provide vital representation for suckler and sheep farmers operating on high nature value farmlands and on our hills.”
“The fruits of these efforts will be evident in the new CAP and through our ongoing work in other forums that delivers improved market returns for our sheep and suckler beef sectors.”
O’Donnell said he was “honoured” to be the INHFA’s first president. He “looks forward to working with the incoming president and his team in the coming two years”.
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