Damien McDonald, Director General, Irish Farmers Association
Damian McDonald was appointed Director General of the IFA in November 2016 and took up his position earlier this year. Previous to that he was CEO of Horse Sport Ireland, the Governing Body for the sport horse sector in Ireland and from 2001 – 2007 Damien was CEO of Macra na Feirme.
He previously worked for the IFA from 1999 to 2001 in the position of Livestock Services Manager where he worked in the areas of Direct Payments and Animal Health.
During his previous roles in the IFA and Macra na Feirme, Damian McDonald represented farmers on various bodies including the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), the Milk Quota Review Group and the CAP Rural Development Monitoring Group.
He has previously served as a member of the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board and the Governing Body of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). He is currently a member of Sport Ireland’s (Irish Sports Council’s) anti-doping disciplinary panel.