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Saoirse O'Donoghue


Saoirse previously worked as project and research co-ordinator in an Environmental and Agricultural Consultancy. She undertook a traineeship in the Rural Development Unit of DG Agriculture in the European Commission in Belgium where she was involved in the preparation of both the Irish National Development Plan and the Rural Development Programme for 2000-2006.

She was particularly interested in the successful implementation of the Natura 2000 Ecological Network and the prioritisation of its aims in the structural, cohesion and rural development policies of 2000-2006. Saoirse concluded a MSc. in Environmental Protection and Management at Edinburgh University, Scotland in September 1999 with her thesis entitled "Upland oakwood dynamics & restoration management for the promotion of biodiversity".

Prior to this, she managed an organic farm and estate in County Mayo. Her primary degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science at University College Dublin was completed in 1996 with her thesis entitled "A fallow deer (Dama dama) management plan for the Lough Mask/Lough Carra Natural Heritage Area of County Mayo", using remote sensing imagery, this project emphasised her interest in wildlife and habitat management.

 

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