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FCI breaks new ground as Michael Moroney appointed CEO

Michael Moroney, the new Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland.

The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland (FCI) which has established a national office for farm and forestry contractors in Portlaoise. As the sole democratic organisation representing farm and forestry contractors in Ireland, it is Ireland’s member of the CEETTAR, the European Farm & Forestry Contractors Organisation.

The FCI has also just announced the appointment of Michael Moroney as the Association’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment was announced at the recent FCI ‘Breaking New Ground’ Conference, which attracted a record attendance.

FCI national chairman, Richard White from Drangan, Thurles, Co Tipperary confirmed that the association had established a national office based at Portlaoise Enterprise Centre, Clonminam Business Park, Portlaoise, Co Laois from where all activities will be conducted from now on. “This new and central location provides FCI members with an independent office with facilities for meetings in order to showcase the importance of the farm and forestry contractor sector to a wide range of organisations and groups,” said Richard White.

The FCI national chairman announced that Michael Moroney would be taking over the day-to-day running of FCI as the Association’s first Chief Executive Officer, with effect from mid-January. “We are delighted to have Michael on board to help steer the future development of FCI. Michael has worked with FCI during its development phase and has been helpful to me as national chairman and to the entire 16 person voluntary Executive Council in planning for the future of FCI,” said Richard White.

“Michael brings a wealth of experience to FCI, having worked with the Irish Farmers Journal for many years and managed FTMTA from 2000 to 2008, where he was Chief Executive Officer. He oversaw the growth and development of the Farm Machinery Show and it’s relocation to Punchestown as well as the establishment of the FTMTA Farm Machinery Industry Training Centre in Naas, Co Kildare,” said the FCI national chairman.

FCI will be present at the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show in early February. “We look forward to the support of Farm and Forestry Contractors from across the country and meeting them at the forthcoming FTMTA Farm Machinery Show as we embark on a significant new phase for the future of FCI,” said Richard White.

Michael Moroney will be working with FCI on a four-day week from Monday to Thursday and will be available on email at info@farmcontractors.ie as well as on mobile at 087-7551111.