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ICOS President, Edward Carr. Picture by Shane O'Neill, Coalesce.

Mr Edward Carr, of Knockmaroe, Milestone, Thurles has been elected as President of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society, on Friday, 23rd June. Mr Carr, who also serves as Chairman of his own co-operative, Arrabawn Co-operative Society Ltd, farms at home with his wife, June and his sons Eamon and Ronan, and his daughters Lisa and Ciara.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Carr said that he was extremely honoured to be elected by the Board to represent such a fantastic organisation and the co-operative movement. “I’m really looking forward to leading the sector at this particularly challenging time. The co-operative movement has served the Irish rural economy and farming families for 130 years, and the co-operative model has shown that it is robust, sustainable, and fit for purpose. We have particular challenges at this moment, as we steer a course through environmental and other restrictions that we’re facing, but I’m confident that the co-op structure will support and work with farmers to help them to adapt to the changing conditions and to continue to thrive.

Mr Willie Meagher of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, representing Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Ltd, was elected as Vice President of ICOS at the same meeting