JULY 2018 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com News New HSA chief appointed Dr Sharon McGuinness has been appointed CEO of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) following the retirement of Martin O’Halloran (on July 1). Dr McGuinness was serving as HSA assistant chief executive, heading up the Chemicals and Prevention DivisionPrior to joining the HSA, Dr McGuinness worked in government a airs and global chemical regulations for HewlettPackard and also with the European Chemicals Bureau as a scientific o cer in relation to classification and labelling. She has also held posts in academia and the pharmaceutical sector. She graduated with a BSc in pharmacology in 1986 and a PhD in pharmacology in 1990 and has completed post-doctoral toxicology fellowships at the University of Arizona in Tucson and the American Cyanamid Company in New York. Chairperson of the HSA, Tom Coughlan, welcomed Dr McGuinness’s appointment, commenting that her depth of experience and ability would position the HSA well in delivering on its strategic vision of healthy, safe and productive lives. Minister of State with special responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, described Dr McGuinness as an ‘energetic senior executive with extensive experience in the public and private sector’. “She will bring a wealth of knowledge to this role. Working with the current team in the HSA, she will build on the successes of recent years and take the organisation into a new phase of development. I wish Sharon all the best in her new role and have every confidence that the organisation will prosper under her leadership.” Creed announces €13.2m basic payment refund to 97,000 farmers The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has announced that the payment of over €13.2 million to approximately 97,000 farmers has commenced. This money was deducted from their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments under the Financial Discipline rule, and is now being reimbursed in line with the EU regulations. Minister Creed said: “I am pleased to confirm that these payments totalling €13.2 million are now being reimbursed to eligible farmers.” The Minister added that these payments “will bring the total paid to Irish farmers under the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme to €1.19 billion”. Tough times need a new mindset about affordable solutions. MGX-III: The clever all-rounder With its outstanding exibility, the Kubota MGX-III supports you every day in saving time and money Highly ef cient 4-cylinder engines with proven Kubota reliability Exceptionally versatile with intelligent and user friendly 8-speed powershift transmission Contact your local dealer or visit our website for more details. www.kubota.co.uk T: +44 (0)1844 873190 Exceptional levels of comfort are provided by the large cab and clear arrangement of all controls Perfectly matched with all Kubota implements and retro t ISOBUS terminals 9