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Irish Agriculture Nationalised
Irish Agriculture Nationalised - The Dairy Disposal company and the Making of the Modern Irish Dairy Industry - by Micheál Ó Fathartaigh, was launched on Wednesday April 29th by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD at The Plunkett House, Dublin. Irish Agriculture Nationalised tells the remarkable story of the Dairy Disposal Company (DDC), one of the first state-sponsored bodies, established in 1927 to acquire private creameries and other agri-businesses and transfer them to co-operative societies. It evoked into an agency that developed creameries and other agri-businesses, particularly in the south, and stimulated economic growth. By the time it dissolved in 1978 it had laid the foundations for, for instance, the Kerry Group and Golden Vale. Micheál Ó Fathartaigh is originally from Co. Galway and lectures in modern history at Dublin Business School; he is also a visiting researcher in the School of Business at Trinity College Dublin.

 

The Taoiseach in his launch of the book said "I want to congratulate Dr Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh on the launch of this book, which seems particularly timely in light of the of the growing public interest in our food and the circumstances of its provenance. It charts a model and mindset of enterprise and ambition that were before their time, precisely the same mindset, in fact, that now sees Ireland once more to the fore as a dairy ‘superpower'. It is also a book which links the story of the past with the story of the present, making it all the more readable and valuable."

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At the lauch of 'Irish Agriculture Nationalised' An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, Paul Markham, Kerry Group and Micheal O Fathartaigh (Author).

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On Wednesday at Plunkett House, Denis McCarthy - former Dairy Disposal Company. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Paul Markham, Kerry Group, and Micheal O Fathartaigh, Author.

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD autographing a copy of Irish Agriculture Nationalised for Paul Markham, Kerry Group.

  

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