Dr Edel Kelly has been appointed as Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) economist. Dr Kelly will take up the role on June 18.
Dr Kelly, who is from a farming background in Galway, is currently lecturer/assistant professor of economics at UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, working in the Agri-Business and Rural Development division of the School.
IFA director general, Damian McDonald, said: “We are delighted to welcome Edel to the IFA. This is a crucial period for the agriculture sector, as the outcome of both Brexit and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform will shape Irish and European farming for the next decade.”
Dr Edel Kelly said: “I am very much looking forward to taking up the position of economist with the IFA, particularly given the association’s role in defending farmers against the twin challenges of Brexit and CAP reform. I look forward to using existing research from our Irish institutes to articulate on behalf of farmers and to reinforce agriculture’s important place within the Irish economy. I hope that my work will help to support and secure a sustainable position for Irish farmers and their families.”
Dr Kelly will retain academic links with UCD for the 2018/19 academic year.