Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport
Mr. Fintan Towey:
Following the indication that the chairman intended to resign, we began internal arrangements towards initiating a public process - a call for applications - and we had some discussions with the Minister in that regard. That way forward was favoured by around the end of November. In parallel with this, there was continuing engagement with the chairman in respect of several issues that were being resolved or dealt with by the board to resolve preparatory measures for the restructuring of the organisation. It became evident in the course of those discussions that the board would continue to have an intensive role in the preparation for restructuring. It, therefore, became evident that it would be problematic and risky to have a vacancy for the chair on the board while that was ongoing.