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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 (Chair) Mr Denis K. Bergin
Dr Michael Carey Mr John Dardis
Mr Tom Kirley Mr Denis Fay
Professor Cathal O'Donoghue Mr John Kiersey
Mrs Faith Ponsonby 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 Ms Evelyn Cusack
Mr Daniel Fitzgibbon Dr James Colville
Mrs Ingrid Hook Mr David Keenahan
Mr Christopher Hone Ms Dinah Molloy
Professor Ronan McNulty Ms Amy Worrall
Mr Tony O'Brien* Mr Wesley Keith Young (Chair)


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:
Mr Seamus Crimmins Mrs Mary Brennan (Conway)
Dr Philip Dodd (Chair) Ms Joan Cowle
Mr Ian Fox Ms Edith Forrest
Ms Alison Hackett Ms Katharine Maurer
Mr Emmet Kane Mr Gaby Smyth*
Mr Noel Kelly Dr Éimhín Walsh*


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:
Mr John Crowley Mrs Paula Cullen
Mrs Jane Darragh Mrs Kate Horgan
Mr Tiernan Gill Lt Col Brian MacSweeney
Mrs Gillian Kyle Mr Flor Madden*
Comdt John Ledingham (Chair) Mr Barry O'Connor
Ms Olga Scully Lt Col Tom Freyne


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 Mr Pat Flood
Mr James McGing Ms Geraldine Kearney
Mr Eoin McVey Ms Rebecca Markey
Dr Charles Mollan Ms Cairin O'Connor
Mr John F. Whelan Mr Frank Ryan
  Mrs Geralyn Thompson


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

For further information, please contact:

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



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