FOLLOWING the resignation of Donal Tobin of Lisavaird Co-Op this week, Dermot O’Leary, has been appointed chairman of the Carbery Group.
Dermot O’Leary has been chairman of Bandon Co-Op since last July, and has previously served as chairman of Bandon Co-Op and been on the board of Carbery between 2009 and 2011. He was Carbery vice-chairman up to this week.
He also served on the board of ICOS and was chairman of the ICOS Dairy Committee. A widower, Dermot is a dairy farmer from Gurteenomahon, Enniskeane, where he lives with his five teenage children.
Speaking about his appointment, Dermot said ‘it is a great honour to become chairman of Carbery, I am very much aware that it is also a great responsibility as Carbery is a very important business for the dairy farmers and for the general economy of West Cork.
‘I look forward to leading the business, particularly as we move into the post quota era when farmers will have the freedom to maximise their output and efficiency in the years ahead.’
Mr O’Leary paid tribute to Donal Tobin for his great contribution to Carbery over his seven years on the board, and particularly in his last two years as chairman of Carbery. ‘Donal has put much time and effort into this business over the years and Carbery has progressed under his leadership. I would like to sincerely thank him for his contribution.’