richard corrigan – the aftermath …?

this little piggy...

this little piggy...

It’s funny, in a way, but throughout the reporting of this issue, how various  people have reacted. It seems…[?] Richard backed down and re-worded and rephrased. Bord Bia [I must say] and Aidan Cotter in particular conducted themselves in an exemplary manner. And here I have added some other press statements.

Side stepping slightly, I was insulted online by a ‘colleague’ of Richards. I’m sure he may be a delightful person but the way I was reared, was not to act that way. I was also brought up that should an issue occur or an apology is to be made that….[with a pot of good coffee in hand] …and to quote myself

they were solved. Not in the public eye. Mono é mono. As gentlemen should do

That said, I love what it is I do. I love my life. I’m 99.9% of the time a very happy person. But how to [re]solve *anything* is a golden rule for me. Other than that I don’t really want to know. Not to be dissmissive…. it’s just I have more time for the more important people in my life…. those who do like good coffee and good conversation. [I may later change that coffee to the odd alcoholic beverage]. And for the record my thoughts on blogging [in any format] is thus – click here

To the point…..

I recommend [and you should] you first read:

These were the responses that I liked the most.

First,Craft Butchers Pat Brady according to The Independent said

It is a pity that he does not appear to have the same respect for ingredients when it comes to publicity as he does in his kitchen.

The ICMSA – the family farm organisation and also a group that represents the views of farmers at Local, National and European Union levels. Their Presdent Jackie Cahill says:

that they ‘flatly rejected Richard Corrigan assertion that Irish food is something other than the safest and of the highest quality in Europe and described the chef’s comments on Bord Bia as both inaccurate and unjustified.’

Bord Bia has demonstrated a consistent ability to respond professionally and effectively to changing marketing situations and to different crisis …… it was simply not fair to overlook this performance.

…… more resources should be made available to Bord Bia to ensure the best possible chance of export-led growth. Institutional changes at this time are neither required or desirable

……anyone making comments consider the overall image of the sector and refrain from making sweeping statements

The Irish Exporters Association Food & Drink Manager Godfrey Lydon had strong words to say

The Richard Corrigan comments are not helpful at all in the current climate when we are trying to ensure the future of Irish food and drink products.

The information put out by Richard today is both misinformed and inaccurate

Finally Bord Bia did release a statement on Friday 8th May 2009. There’s nothing controversial or mentioning of any debacle, but I really did like their opening and closing lines

Bord Bia’s statutory remit is to promote and develop markets for Irish food and drink. It is passionately committed to doing so. It conducts its remit in close partnership with farmers and industry to support Ireland’s largest indigenous sector, with an export value of €8.2 billion, to over 160 countries around the world

“Bord Bia has successfully built the profile of the Quality Mark in the Irish Market. There is a very high recognition and support of the Bord Bia Quality Mark among Irish consumers with an 80 per cent recognition rate with 73 per cent of these consumers saying that it influences their purchasing decisions” he concluded. [aidan cotter]

UPDATE May 15th ’09

One may have assumed that was the end of it…. you must be off your rocker! The Farmers Journal [where I used to write weekly… ], the only publcation who on this subject their opinion I would hold dear of any other, now have their say….. it seems I haven’t got it so far wrong and what an eye opener it is.

Title: Big mouth Corrigan raises hackles
Irish Farmers Journal (Country Living), 16 May (published 14 May) 2009

He epitomises everything about the celebrity chef – the Michelin-starred restaurants, the TV programme, the wealth and the big personality. Now Richard Corrigan has stuck his oar into food policy. Could this man be the saviour of Irish food – or is he just another chef with an ego too big for his own kitchen? Darragh McCullough reports.

Is this standard practice these days? asked a bewildered journalist, as she stared at the television release form. The permission form that all contributors sign nowadays was the first clue that her questions at the press conference were being filmed for Richard Corrigan’s latest offering, Corrigan’s City Farm.

The previous evening, journalists all over the country received a press release announcing Corrigan’s plans to call for the abolition of Bord Bia [the Irish Government’s food promotion agency]. There was also the not-insignificant carrot of a free lunch at his Stephen’s Green-based Bentley’s restaurant. But there was no mention of filming. As they say, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

But the excercise achieved what it set out to do. The self-styled “champion of small food producers” was all over the airwaves for the rest of the day, culminating with a
head-to-head with Bord Bia’s CEO Aidan Cotter on RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime that evening.

Corrigan’s crusade?

Corrigan’s “better food for all” campaign is a tried-and-trusted formula in the wake of the success of similar initiatives by other celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugn Fernley Whittingstall. But beyond the headlines, has the restaurateur got alternatives for all that he wants replaced?

It turns out Corrigan doesn’t really want Bord Bia binned just yet. In fact, he acknowledges the State body has done a fine job of promoting Irish food abroad.

His real problem is how the organisation promotes food here. So rather than abolishing the body, he’d prefer to see the promotion of Irish food abroad and Irish food at home to be separated.

And this was about as specific as he got. During a 20 minute briefing, he talked energetically about everything from supermarket trends in Holland to what it was like to have no money in your pocket.

“What should Bord Bia be replaced by?” asked RTE’s Joe O’Brien.

“Look, I’m a chef. I’m just trying to open the debate here. But something needs to be done fast,” responded Corrigan in his typically passionate, albeit slightly vague, manner.

“Bord Bia are making a great error in the way they are supporting Irish food here,” he said. He pointed out that the heads of the food industry here all sit on the board of
Bord Bia. “Where industry and bodies sit at the same table, there’s a conflict of interest for the consumer.”

Labelling system

One of Corrigan’s other gripes is the labelling system here. He wants to know why pork from pigs that have been fed genetically modified cereals (95% of the soya fed to pigs here is from GM sources) isn’t labelled to tell the consumer this. He also wants to know why eggs with a UK stamp are sold in egg boxes as Irish eggs (the eggs were produced in Northern Ireland).

“I’ve lived in Holland and the UK for over 20 years. I know what’s happening,” Corrigan told the assembled journalists. “I’m bringing you news that no one is telling the Irish agricultural community; Irish product will be on the bottom shelf unless we open this debate.”

While not stating it implicitly, the implication is that Irish food exports are in imminent danger of being relegated to lower-division status, because we refuse to implement a total ban on GM products being used in food production here. This ties in with his stance on organics, which, as he confides in me afterwards, “is the way to go for Irish farming.”

Bad experience

However, Corrigan has been raising the hackles of intensive farmers everywhere since his infamous “Irish chicken is c**p” comments on radio and the Late Late over two years ago.

Since then, he has been reported criticising farmed salmon and, most recently, intensive pig-rearing systems wen he visited the farm of well-known pig man Michael Maguire.

“I was asked by the producer of the City Farm programme for acess to my farm, because apparently they hadn’t the opportunity to get onto any other farm before,” said Maguire. “I say no problem – as long as they came with an open mind. But I was really disappointed with what ended up on the programme afterwards.”

Maguire also has reason to believe that Corrigan has a personal gripe with Bord Bia. “He mentioned that he had them [Bord Bia] in his sights since they never called into his restaurant in London,” recalls Maguire.

Burning bridges

Corrigan sees himself as one of the greatest promoters of Irish food. ‘I am the ambassador of Irish food,” he immodestly declared on RTE Radio 1 last week.

This was during a head-to-head with Bord Bia boss Aidan Cotter, where Corrigan insisted on referring to Cotter as Michael for almost the entire interview, despite Mary Wilson’s best efforts.

Again, Corrigan lambasted Bord Bia’s approach to food marketing and GM foods, giving Cotter little or no chance to defend the Government agency. But again, the message was unclear, as Corrigan’s scattergun approach to dealing with
specifics left nothing fully answered.

It’s a far cry from the days when Corrigan worked with Bord Bia in their promotional work in the UK. While Cotter claimed they would be happy to work with the chef in the future, it’s difficult to see them ever cozying up again.

Corrigan’s criticisms come at a time when every Government agency is in the firing line for running up the public spending bill. Funding has already been cut by ?3 million this year, and it’s unlikely to be the last cut as the economy worsens.

Despite angerging large sections of the agricultural community with his attacks on intensive food production systems, Corrigan insists he is on the farmer’s side.

When I challenge him that he is actually in danger of alienating huge chunks of Ireland’s farming community, the self-proclaimed pioneer in the rehabilitation of British and Irish food retorts: “Can I not speak my mind? I’m not anti-farming, I’m just really passionate about food.”


Celeb chefs must deal with facts not hype

By Majella O’Sullivan Irish Independent
Tuesday May 19 2009

CELEBRITY chefs should not be given carte blanche to say what they like about food on public service television, a leading food safety expert has said.

Patrick Wall, associate professor of public health at UCD, said RTE had an obligation to instruct chefs that if they’re going to say something on air, they should be factually

Referring to what he termed “celebrity chef-induced food scares”, Professor Wall told a symposium on pig health in Tullamore their power should not be underestimated. “Food and cooking is not just something you do in your home anymore, it’s now something you entertain yourself with,” Prof Wall said.

“GMOs is another area, and for some reason celebrity chefs have gone into a non-GM mode,” he added. Referring to last year’s pork dioxins scare, Professor Wall said communicating risk to the public was not easy and media hype was a huge factor.

“When you Google ‘Irish pork’ you get more than 4.7m hits of adverse publicity on Irish pork. Ireland, the food island, is being mugged because of this,” he said. “We had the lowest levels of dioxins in food and now we’re being used in the one sentence, so we need to fix that.

“Food is a global business and businesses are built on reputations. Brand Ireland is after getting a mugging on the world stage and we need to fix that,” he said.

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gm food? de burca? …the green party?


Very recently I had to take this from the green party & also Deidre de Burca click here.

More recently The Green Party did something similar again – click here except this time they insulted Bill Cullen.

richard-corriganernie whalley image courtesy sunday tribunetom-doorley

On a seperate note: Richard Corrrigans story, well, was extremely confusing to say the least – click here

Corrigans friend Ernie Whalley told me [click above link again]

At least I can read and spell if you don’t like it F*** off.

Richards other friend, Tom Doorley commented that – click here:

Taking a quick look at the blogosphere on this news story, I am astonished at the number of lazy, ill-informed hotheads

He also commented on the same article:

‘…I suppose we are stuck with GM feed but what is equally scandalous is that GM-free feed is virtually impossible to get in Ireland. How’s that for choice? And surely consumers should be able to choose between GM-fed meat and non GM-fed meat. I wonder what the Minister has to say, if anything, about that?

To be honest Tom, I think its only fair that as much as I shouldn’t label all critics as vulgar and rude old men just because of one person, that you shouldn’t label all blog writers as lazy and ill informed? On a seperate note, I do wonder how much research was really done ? And all because Richard wanted to see Bord Bia abolished….

UPDATE: To listen to Richard speak to Aidan Cotter of Bord Bia the link below:


Anyhow to the point in hand and the title of the post. [i’ll save you a lot of time here… start from the very end of this inerview and work backwards….]

Station: Today FM
Programme: The Last Word
Date: 24.04.08
Time: 11 mins
Ref: GM Foods

Food prices are rocketing and while it’s an inconvenience, an expensive inconvenience for many people in this part of the world, in third world countries it has been nothing short of a disaster. It’s all down to supply and demand. There just doesn’t seem to be enough food. So could genetically modified foods be the answer? Kevin Myers of the Irish Independent joins us. Hello to you Kevin.

Kevin Myers:

Kevin you wrote recently in favour of GM foods which a lot of people believe is distorting nature. Why are you in favour of them?

Kevin Myers:
Because it’s certainly distorting nature, everything we do in agriculture is a distortion of nature. The wheat that we grow, the beef that we eat, these are creations of mankind and they transformed mankind from famished hunter-gatherers into civilised people who can develop large communities. And
we’ve always modified food and there’s nothing new in that sense about genetic modification. But we know now that the resources of the world simply cannot sustain the population which the world has developed. Now we’ve got the choice of either letting people die which is probably going to happen in Africa, or we choose to create foods which people can eat. And the most obvious thing to do is, for example, is to get.and this is technically possible, it hasn’t happened yet, is to create a genetically modified wheat which can fix its own nitrogen. This means that farmers in the mid-west of America don’t have to put fertiliser, nitrogenous fertiliser on their soil. Nitrogenous fertiliser comes from oil. So you don’t have
the tractor going backwards and forwards and you don’t have the oil being extracted from the ground. And here you have wheat that would essentially feed itself and will therefore feed the world. And the argument against that is a
purely reactionary and immoral argument. That is to say we are meddling with nature, of course we are.

And from what you’re saying could it also be environmentally friendly in that you’d have less of a carbon footprint in producing a vastly increased amount of food?

Kevin Myers:
Yeah, Matt, I’m not terribly fond of terms like carbon footprint because they get cycled all over the place. I know you’re using a term that everyone is using but I don’t even know what it means anymore. But the question is it going to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions? I would have thought so. I would have thought so. It seems to be unarguable that if you haven’t got tractors going
backwards and forwards, you haven’t got fertiliser being extracted and sent halfway across the world. If you’ve got wheat in Kansas getting its own nitrogen from Kansas soil then that’s clearly preferable to pumping out unnatural fertiliser all over the place.

And I have Deirdre DeBurca of the Green Party with me as well and I’ll turn to her in a second but you also put this argument in the context of the use of land at present
for the manufacture of biofuels to feed car engines rather than feeding people. What’s your objection to that?

Kevin Myers:
Well it’s.I haven’t got an objection except the market is, has been, transformed by this and American farmers are producing biomass fuels and going out of food production. The consequence of this is that rice has doubled in price in the last year while farmers are piling into the more profitable fuel production. So if we are going to have biomass, and I’m far from convinced that we should be, but if we are then it makes sense to create biomass more efficiently using genetically modified crops.

Senator Deirdre DeBurca of the Green Party, how moral is it that land which could be used to make food, to grow food for people, is now being used to make fuel for car engines?

Deirdre DeBurca:
It’s not moral and it’s not supportable and it shouldn’t happen. I think there’s a very serious debate going on at the moment about the fact that it is. But I think I’d like to, if you don’t mind because I think that Kevin made a couple of points there and just to say that obviously what he’s saying arises out of article he wrote recently which was a highly opinionated opinion piece, but that’s exactly what it was, an opinion piece. And you know, Kevin had a go as usual at people like myself I suppose who he’s referring to as well healed humbugs who have driven the hysteria about global warming.

Kevin Myers
Sorry Deirdre.

Deirdre DeBurca:
.not me, well thanks, but I assume people like me and the people that I work with and the NGO’s and the general, the constituency that is concerned about global warming. And you know it’s amusing to read it and you put interesting positions and so on but unfortunately none of your opinions are backed up by scientific fact. So if you want me to quote you some scientific facts I’d be delighted to. One of them is that recently, and very recently in fact, on the 15th of April the most thorough examine of global, examination I should say, of global agriculture was carried out and it was called the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. It was launched at a plenary session in Johannesburg South Africa. It was a collaboration between the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environmental Programme, the World Health Organisation and so on. It’s about 2,500 pages long and there were more than 400 scientists involved
in it over a four-year period. And basically what it said is firstly a fundamental change in farming practice is needed to counteract soaring food prices. Secondly, genetically modified crops are highly controversial, the scientists say, and will not play a substantial role in addressing the challenges of climate change, hunger or poverty. Instead they say small-scale farmers and agro-ecological methods are
the way forward with indigenous and local knowledge playing as important a role as formal science. There’s also another article.

Please don’t read long paragraphs out again please

Deirdre DeBurca:
I wont read a long paragraph, but just to say because I do think it’s important that these opinions that are expressing are based on scientific fact. This is an article
quoted in the Independent, the English Independent on the 20th of April which basically says that an important study was carried out at the University of Kansas in the US green belt. It has found that GM Soya produces about 10% less food than its conventional equivalent. And the study confirms earlier research that was done at the University of Nebraska which found that GM, Monsanto GM Soya produced 6% less than its closest conventional.

Ok, Kevin Myers, who impressed are you by those statistics that have been recited?

Kevin Myers:
I’m not impressed. You can trot out arguments like this all day long and you can say based on this survey or that survey that GM is not the way forward. The point is that to rule out GM as a matter of abstract principle from the outset is wrong. Now if in the practical application of GM you don’t get a higher crop then abandon that GM
experiment. But Monsanto have been working on this for a very long time and it’s not just a question of crop increases, it’s a question creating crops that are immune
to certain herbicides so you can have an immune.a wheat that’s immune to herbicides so you can spread the herbicides which will kill all the pest crops and leave the wheat standing. Now this is a genetic possibility. And I’m not going to go into all the genetic possibilities Deirdre because I don’t know them. I haven’t got a clue. You know what I am, I’m a journalist, not an expert. But lots of people say what I say. And you can have lots of opinions lined up in your support and no doubt the opinion is far better learned and far better advised than I am, but I am talking about the principle from the outset of saying there will be no genetically modified foods in this supermarket.

Ok, I want to put a point to Deirdre DeBurca. Deirdre, a listener Angie says we eat processed meats and milk and lots of other processed foods. GM food is just another process. And also a point that was put to us by Kevin Myers earlier about beef production for example. The cattle that we have now have been developed as a result of all sorts of cross breedings, scientific experimentation. They are much much bigger then cows ever used to be because that then gives us the meat. What is wrong with using science to give us increased food supplies?

Deirdre DeBurca:
Ok, and let me just clarify for Kevin in the first place, the green party has not ruled out the use of GM in the first place. What we say is it’s premature to introduce it on a wide scale commercial basis in the way that large multi-national corporations like Monsanto and others are lobbying for at the moment. Genetic modification and the whole gene manipulation is a very new science and it is not a fully understood science. And in fact there are lots of unpredicted consequences when scientists begin to manipulate genes. Now Kevin made a point in his article, something about interfere with nature or the laws of nature and there’s always a kick back or you have to then live with the consequences, maybe unintended consequences of that. And certainly that is one of the concerns in the area of genetic modification, because it’s not a natural process. Unlike all the other crop cultivation methods that were used over centuries, this actually involves transferring, crossing the species barrier and taking DNA from one species and artificially inserting it into the DNA of another. And we still have no idea how, you know, it is really. I think most scientists would admit it is a science that is evolving but it is not fully understood and therefore to launch GM foods and genetically modified organisms on the market,
telling and stating with certainty to consumers that these are safe and are going to have no long term effects on them is not something that any of us can stand up and.

Ok last word to you on this Kevin Myers, because it has been suggested that if you have to do these experiments, if you do them on land, you run the risk of the adjacent land becoming contaminated. A bit like the rotten apple in the barrel. Would you fear that you could do something that could end up destroying the land and destroying crops?

Kevin Myers:
Anything can go wrong. Nuclear power stations can blow up, railway engines plough into stations, cars crash. If you invent technologies then there will be consequences to those technologies and you have to predict the consequences where you can. To tell you the truth I’m really delighted to hear Deirdre say, and it’s obvious I haven’t been doing my homework, I thought the Greens as a matter of principle were opposed to genetic modification. To hear that they’re not is really refreshing.

No, Deirdre I sat beside Trevor Sargent at a food forum down in Wicklow last year and he was completely against GM foods.

Deirdre DeBurca:
No I think what.maybe we haven’t been too effective in communicating our position and often it’s assumed we’re just anti-GM. What we are saying is we are opposed to the commercial introduction of GMO’s at this moment in time.

I think that’s a modification of Trevor Sargent’s position.

Deirdre DeBurca:
No, when the science fully supports it we will be happy to do so but it doesn’t at the moment.

Alright we’re going to leave it there. Senator Deirdre DeBurca of the Green Party and Kevin Myers of the Irish Independent, thank you for joining us.


richard corrigan [for the] silly farm… ?

...all the way to the bank

...all the way to the bank

Richard Corrigan called a press conference today. All of the media who were invited to Richards restaurant  were asked to sign a waiver as it was to be recorded for his television programme….. Corrigans city silly farm. In a  flawed variation of  Jamie Olivers School Dinners taking on the Prime Minister, Corrigan has decided to call for the abolition of Bord Bia ….eh?

Recently, Richard Corrigan has turned to the big screen on RTE to do a ‘show’, Corrigans City Farm; a documentary propaganda routine more than inspiration and a lifestyle model moronically and rediculously achieved, for the cameras. Niall Harbisons post will speak to what Bord Bia have done for Ireland from a food point of view. [my qualifications are horticultural rather than culinery]

In this cartoon version of reality, hens were introduced, to be held for four weeks. Also a  chicken coup ‘home’ that cost thousands… It would have been cheaper to buy an already organic farmed one. FACT. In the first weeks of the show an amazing amount of machinery was used to clear the site…. costing [more] thousands. I know even building my own coup, raised beds etc… it will take time to ‘balance the books’ so to speak financially. But it is not about money. It is a lifestyle.  Not say Richard Corrigan. And how on Gods earth would he know…? As the old theory goes, ‘you can’t just tell people to plant their annuals when they don’t know what annuals are’, is unknown to Corrigan. One needs to explain how to grow one seed first….

I’ve had my grievances with semi states. We all have. Minor, they may have been over trees or a garden design… they were solved. Not in the public eye. Mono é mono. As gentlemen should do. But when money and fame are concerned, maybe the gentleman is entitled to sell his soul…

The Press Release:

Richard Corrigan Calls For The Abolition Of Bord Bia

Bentleys Townhouse Dublin, Ireland: 8th of May 2009: Leading Irish chef Richard Corrigan today called for the abolition of Bord Bia or at the very least a radical rethink of how the body promotes Irish food in Ireland. The current situation, he believes, is highly unsatisfactory in that Bord Bia is prevented under EU law from promoting exclusively Irish produce in the domestic market through the Quality Assurance Scheme. This means that the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme can apply to produce from any EU country and is therefore deeply flawed.

Therefore buying Bord Bia quality approved products does NOT ensure the following:

* That the products are Irish

* That the products are GMO-free

* That the interests of Irish farmers and consumers are a priority

“I believe that the promotion of Irish food abroad and the promotion of Irish food at home should be separated. I would like to call for at least a radical overhaul of Bord Bia’s role in order to preserve and create Irish jobs, to empower Irish consumers, to support Irish farmers and to see tax payers’ money spent constructively”, said Richard Corrigan. “Ireland has a unique capacity to produce the safest and highest quality food in Europe instead we are sailing in the opposite direction,” he said.

Valerie Keating, Director
GK Events and PR

If Bord Bia is abolished, what happens the landscape contractors, the nurseymen, the Quality Programmes for this sector. What happens when the sterling competes with the euro and mushroom growers are almost closed down…. when embargoes of irish beef are put in place…  when pork and other scares are internationally held… and when no garden designer had a chance in Ireland, ever, though it may well be criticised, Bloom did come along… but then the PR is working according the print media ?

This sees him trying to teach people how to deal with the credit crunch in an innovative manner by bringing back the idea of allotments in Cork and showing viewers how to become self-sufficient by growing their own fruit and vegetables.


and of course Richard has got his friend in the Irish Times:

Taking a quick look at the blogosphere on this news story, I am astonished at the number of lazy, ill-informed hotheads who claim that Corrigan’s press conference today was a publicity stunt for his Dublin restaurant (which, as it happens, is conspicuously successful). If you want a taste of this nonsense, have a look here.

I wonder if Tom can confirm then if Richard Corrigans farm is GM free and/ or organic in its entirety and reality? Or is Tom just jumping on the Simon Palmer bandwagon. Maybe Peter Mulryan of RTE would like to comment on this matter?


The following is a series of emails between genetics & biotechnology PhD Student Shane Morris of UCC and RTE. In a comical turn of events, the legal department of RTE are the only aid to Mr. Morris and more importantly Richard Corrigans Farm cannot guarantee that the Cork farms are organic.

From: Shane Morris
To: Mulryan Peter
Cc: Complaints Review ; Goan Cathal
Subject: GM food and Corrigan’s City Farm
Sent: Sun 03/05/2009 01:23

Dear Peter,

I am just wondering if you could confirm if you are producing the Corrigan’s City Farm episodes relating to GM food?

I only ask as there are suggestions made that you are far from neutral on the issue of GM food as outlined on the Irish Seed Savers website as it states you have even purchased GM-free signs for your property. I hope the forthcoming episodes won’t be yet another case of RTE crucifying science and good journalistic values.

I look forward to viewing your episodes on GM foods.

Kindest regards,


From: “Mulryan Peter” <>
To: Shane Morris
Subject: RE: GM food and Corrigan’s City Farm
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 10:06:42 +0100

Hi Shane,

Thanks for the email. I am the Series Producer of Corrigan’s City Farm and therefore am across all programmes. My personal feelings on GM are neither here nor there, my job is to produce a TV show. Richard Corrigan has very strong opinions on GM and they are already in the public domain, but I can assure you I would never make a  programme that crucified science for the sake of ratings.

Yes we have organised No GM signs for both our allotments as they are being run on an organic basis, a decision reached by both groups, not imposed by RTE. This is a campaigning show and you can expect plenty of robust debate on a whole range of issues between now and the end of the series.

Many thanks,
Peter Mulryan.

From: Shane Morris
To: “Mulryan Peter” <>
Subject: RE: GM food and Corrigan’s City Farm
Date: Tue, 05 May 2009 11:35:54 +0100

Thanks for the reply Peter.

I have heard Richard’s factless opinions on GM in the past which are without doubt a crucifion of the science on the matter. I have never seen him interview or talk to a
scientist on the matter….maybe if you wanted to do something ‘new’ for an RTE program you should have Richard invite a biotech scientist to the allotment…..just an idea…..

just as a point of interest, will the allotments be certified organic?…..might be hard to prove no disallowed chemical use on the land in the past 3 years as required under organic rules (or even within the last year as is the case in special circumstances)

Kindest regards,


From: Shane Morris
Sent: 06 May 2009 23:33
To: Complaints Review ; Shane Morris
Cc: Crowley Colm; Mulryan Peter
Subject: RE: GM food and Corrigan’s City Farm

Dear Nina,

Thank you for your reply and for CCing Mr. Crowley. For your information, I enclose below an email (and my follow up reply) that I received from Mr. Mulryan, the series producer for Corrigans City Farm. It seems Mr. Mulryan is content to have Mr. Corrigan express his “opinions” on a scientific matter during a publicly funded RTE “campaigning” television production without any balance brought to bear.

I find this very strange especially as one of the UK’s most famous sustainable food/farming advocates, Jimmy Doherty of BBC2’s Jimmys Farm, last year did a production which examined the issue of GM food in a manner that attempted to move past simple “opinion” and examine the evidence in hand.(see

If even Jimmy Doherty who, as he himself has put it, has made a name for himself pandering to “the traditional, free range, farm… that wholesome thing,” (i.e. the purely aesthetic end of Britain’s food interest) can produce a balanced and thoughtful piece on GM why then can’t Mr.Corrigan et al?

Of course, there is great delight that this show is being filmed in Cork and it is wished the best of luck. However, it would be even more delightful if the suggestion made to Mr. Mulryan of having a scientist chat with Mr. Corrigan as part of the GM segment of the production be acted upon.

Thank you again for your reply and your time on this matter.

Kindest regards,

ps a review of Jimmy Doherty’s program can be found here:
/26/gm-foods-horizon-jimmy-doherty >


From: “Mulryan Peter” <>
To: Professor O’ Connor UCC
Cc: Shane Morris, “Crowley Colm”
Subject: FW: GM food and Corrigan’s City Farm
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 10:55:39 +0100

Dear Professor O’Connor,

I am growing more and more concerned about a series of emails I am receiving from, a Shane Morris. They come from a UCC student account and Mr Morris appears to be a Phd student of yours. Could you clarify if this is a personal campaign being run by Mr Morris, or is this from your department?

There is a system within RTE and within the Broadcasting Complaints Commission to facilitate members of the public who wish to complain about a programme that has been transmitted, however there isn’t and there can’t be a way for people to comment on programmes that haven’t even been made yet.

Writing a series of mails to the producer of a show, which have been sent to the Director General, is not how the process works and could be seen as intimidation.

Many thanks for the time and I look forward to your

Peter Mulryan
Series Producer

From: Shane Morris
Sent: 07 May 2009 13:04
To: Mulryan Peter; Professor O’Connor UCC
Cc: Shane Morris; Crowley Colm
Subject: Re: FW: GM food and Corrigan’s City Farm

Dear Peter,

I am sorry you seem to have taken offense at my interest in an RTE production. Please note there is no “campaign”, personal or otherwise, nor even a complaint.

As a member of the public who has had previous correspondence with Mr.Goan and others within RTE on the handling of scientific matters by RTE I felt it worthwhile
to keep them informed.

As outlined previously I wish you and RTE the best of luck with what I hope will be an informed and useful production for the Irish public.

Kindest regards,

From: “Mulryan Peter” <>
To: Shane Morris
Subject: RE: FW: GM food and Corrigan’s City Farm
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 13:19:35 +0100

From now on and as a matter of course your emails will be forwarded unread to the RTE legal department.

Peter Mulryan

and it seems anyone who isn’t a friend of richard is a ‘newsos or a snapper’ or simply just knows nothing……….. says Ernie Whalley of ForknCork. It’s not begrudgery Erin… it’s logic. As Tom suggests… be careful your blog doesn’t become ‘a taste of nonsense’ .


I just received this from Ernie Whalley via twitter.




It’s seems ‘scrap is a very big word’ all of a sudden. It’s a big massive change of direction from the original press release……. 😯 But why do a youtube video anyway….? [by the way this had 1 view and a 5 star rating when I saw it this morning]

However, I’ll save you a lot of bother here… simply listen to the first 15 seconds and then scroll to 9.00 minutes.…  enjoy!

UPDATE: To listen to Richard speak to Aidan Cotter of Bord Bia the link below:


UPDATE: the aftermath

UPDATE: dear richard corrigan and rte

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national award for donegan landscaping

Noel Smith, Peter Donegan & Aidan Cotter

Noel Smith, Peter Donegan & Aidan Cotter

February 2006 saw Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd receive a national award in recognition of standards achieved under the Landscape Quality Programme.

This the Donegan Landscapings second National award since October 2006 and the Donegan Landscaping team are one of only ten landscape & design companies in Ireland to have achieved the award.

The Award of Merit was presented to Peter Donegan MD of Donegan Landscaping Ltd by Mr Brendan Smith, Minister for Horticulture and Food and Aidan Cotter CEO Bord Bia on Friday 2nd February at Citywest Hotel.

The award is the result of more than four years of hard work through a stringently audited programme that was designed to raise standards within the landscape industry and increase customer confidence by rewarding companies who operate an awarded quality system through best practice and at the highest standards possible to this sector of the horticultural industry.

On winning the award Peter Donegan said: “We as a team are delighted to win this award, Donegan Landscaping has been in business six years and having won a national award for our landscape and design in October ’06 this now is recognition that a quality system is in place behind the scenes as well and now recognises the staff who work so hard to make each and every design and landscape project possible. ”

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