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Businessman Richard Mulcahy, grandson of General Richard Mulcahy, has secured a nomination from the Royal Dublin Society to the Seanad Agricultural Panel. He will now tour the country in an effort to secure support from local county councillors, deputies and senators ahead of Seanad voting at the end of March.

Mulcahy, an independent nominee living in Wexford, is focusing his campaign on two key pillars: sustainable local agri-business, where he wants to create small farm initiatives through business, universities, Teagasc and national farming bodies, and inclusive communities for our ageing population, where he plans to hold public consultation days to promote the recycling of skills and experience of older people for small business and community benefit.

“I have spent the most part of my professional life as an entrepreneur and CEO of start-up companies in areas including electronics, software, catering, construction and forestry. After selling my business a number of years ago, I became more involved in business at a local community level, working in an advisory capacity with Wexford County Council to help attract new businesses to the county. Now, like my grandfather, I’d like to influence and shape policy and debate at a national level, with a particular focus on sustainable and profitable small farming initiatives and giving rural Ireland a voice,” he says.

Following his family’s philanthropic tradition, Richard has led and donated to the opening of a new park in Wexford in collaboration with Wexford County Council. The 18 acre park, named the ‘Min Ryan’ public park after his grandmother who was romantically involved with Sean McDiarmada at the time of his execution in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising, is due to open this April and will be the first park in Ireland to be named after a woman.