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Standing Committee

The role of a Standing Committee is to propose and advise on policies, programmes of activities and codes of practice within its sphere of interest in accordance with guidelines and budgets set from time to time by the Board of Management and the Council.

The Society has five Standing Committees:

  • The Committee of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
  • The Committee of Science and Technology
  • The Committee of Arts
  • The Equestrian Committee
  • The Committee of Enterprise


Each Standing Committee consists of Members of Council appointed by the Council and the elected Members. The Chair and Members of the Board of Management of the Council are ex-officio Members of all Standing Committees.

A Standing Committee may appoint working groups to perform tasks appropriate to the role of that Committee and co-opt to the working group people they feel will help to advance the performance of the tasks.

Information on the Committees' activities is published in the Annual Report.

Elections are held annually to fill vacancies on the Standing Committees.


Committee of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
The RDS Foundation Agriculture and Rural Affairs programme aims to promote best practice and efficiency in farming to ensure farm household profitability and sustainability in Ireland.

Appointed by the Council: Elected Members:
Mrs Patricia Byrne  Mr Denis K. Bergin
Dr Michael Carey Mr Thomas P. Cannon
Mr John Dardis Mr Dennis Fay
Mr Tom Kirley  Mr Eamon McGrath
Professor Cathal O'Donghue Ms Maura Waters
Mr Dermot A. Power Mr David J. Wiggins


Committee of Science and Technology

The RDS Foundation Science and Technology programme aims to encourage the development of science and mathematical skills in primary school aged children by fostering education innovation.

Appointed by the Council: Elected Members:
Dr Sheila Donegan Dr James Colville
Mr Daniel Fitzgibbon Mr David Keenahan
Mr Christopher Hone Ms Dinah Molloy
Mrs Ingrid Hook Mr Tony O'Brien
Professor Chris Nicholas  Ms Amy Worrall
Professor Ronan McNulty Mr Wesley Keith Young


Committee of Arts

The RDS Foundation Arts programme provides a platform to support the transition from student to emerging artist; encouraging the pursuit of a career in visual art, craft or music.

Appointed by the Council: Elected Members:
Dr Philip Dodd Mrs Mary Brennan (Conway)*
The Rev. Alastair Graham Mrs Enid Chaloner
Ms Alison Hackett Ms Joan Cowle
Mr Emmet Kane Mr Seamus Crimmins
Mr Noel Kelly Mr Ian Fox
Mr Joseph Lynch  Mr Gaby Smyth*


Equestrian Committee

The RDS Foundation Equestrian programme aims to support the Irish Sport Horse breeder and producer by showcasing the best Irish bred horses, developing a market place for Irish bred horses, encouraging the highest standards in breeding for purpose, horse welfare, ethical training and effective horsemanship and promoting international jumping by the hosting of a CSIO to Top League standards.

Appointed by the Council: Elected Members:
Mrs Marian Condren Mrs Paula Cullen
Mr John Crowley Lt Col Tom Freyne
Mrs Jane Darragh  Mr Tiernan Gill
Mrs Gillian Kyle Mrs Kate Horgan
Ms Mary Redmond Comdt John Ledingham
Ms Olga Scully Lt Col Brian MacSweeney


Committee of Enterprise

Encouraging enterprise and supporting innovation
The RDS Foundation Industry and Commerce programme aims to help drive Ireland’s economic recovery by supporting the business performance of Irish-based companies and providing networking and information-sharing opportunities for business leaders, young entrepreneurs and influencers.

Appointed by the Council: Elected Members:
Mrs Sheila Horkan Ms Geraldine Kearney
Mr Hilary Hough Mr James McGing
Mr David Markey Ms CairĂ­n O'Connor
Mr Eoin McVey Ms Geralyn Thompson
Dr Charles Mollan Mr Frank Ryan
Mr John F. Whelan  


*Those appointed by the Council to fill a vacency since the last election.

For further information, please contact:

Cliona Deegan
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7221
Fax: +353 (0) 1 660 4014
Email: registrar@rds.ie



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