Proceedings of the National Rural Development Conference 2011


Proceedings of the National Rural Development Conference 2011, view the conference structure and session plans.


Welcome and Opening
Chairperson: Michael O Connell, Limerick Institute of Technology

Welcome Address
Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President Limerick Institute of Technology

Setting the Scene (Slides)
Professor Gerry Boyle, Director Teagasc,

Towards 2020 – The EU perspective (Slides)
Professor Alan Matthews, Fellow Emeritus, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin


Identifying future priorities
Chairperson – Damien O’Reilly, CountryWide, RTE Radio 1

Food Harvest 2020: Contributing to a vibrant rural economy (Slides)
Dr Cathal O’Donoghue,Head of Rural Economy Development Programme, Teagasc,

The opportunities of environmental considerations for the future rural economy (Audio) (Slides)
Thomas Cooke, Chairman, Meitheal na Gaoithe

A vibrant rural economy – reality or pipe-dream (Slides)
Dr Edgar Morgenroth, Associate Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute

Panel discussion on the priorities for creating a vibrant rural economy in Ireland
Panel: Morning Speakers with the addition of David Meredith – Teagasc, Carmel Fox,
Ballyhoura Development Limited and Joe Potter, Westmeath Community Development Limited


Workshop 1 – Economic change in the Irish local economy
Chairperson: Dr Áine Macken-Walsh, Teagasc
Presentation: Dr Jason Loughrey, LEADER Researcher
Presentation: David Meredith, Teagasc (Slides)
Presentation: Ivan McCutcheon, West Cork Development Partnership

Workshop 2 – Helping trail development contribute to a vibrant local economy
Chairperson: Declan Rice, County Kilkenny LEADER Partnership
Presentation: Cormac McDonnell, National Trails Office (Slides)
Presentation: Padraig Casey, Ballyhoura Development Limited (Slides)
Presentation: Karl Boyle, Mountaineering Ireland (Slides)

Workshop 3 – Linking local culture, heritage and the landscape to the local economy – the impact of the Econ Musée
Chairperson: Maria Heneghan, Teagasc
Presentation: Dr Kevin Heanue, Teagasc
Presentation: Graham Roberts, Connemara Smokehouse

Workshop 4 – Exploiting competitive advantages in the Irish beef and pigmeat sectors
Presentation: Padraig Brennan, Bord Bia (Slides)
Presentation: Justin Kavanagh, Truly Irish (Slides)

Workshop 5 – How we can help: The regulators and making rural enterprise happen
Chairperson: Mr Ciaran Lynch, National Rural Network
Presentation: Sinead Carr, Director of Planning, South Tipperary County Council (Slides)
Presentation: Dr Lisa O’Connor, Chief Specialist Food Science, Food Safety Authority of Ireland (Slides)

Workshop 6 – Responding to business opportunities relating to environmental issues
Chairperson: Dr Pat Bogue, National Rural Network
Presentation: Tom Bruton, Irish Bio-Energy Association (IrBEA) (Slides)
Presentation: Thomas Ryan, Irish Farmers Association
Presentation: Paddy Donovan, Forestry Consultant

Workshop 7 – Community-run services; making them happen and keeping them there
Chairperson: Brendan O Loughlin, Offaly Local Development Company
Presentation: Peter Couchman, Chief Executive, Plunkett Foundation, United Kingdom (Slides)
Presentation: Chris Grimes, Blockley Village Shop, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Source: National Rural Network – Proceedings of the National Rural Development Conference 2011