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Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Impact of Brexit on Business Sector (22 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank all concerned for the presentation. We really appreciate their being with us. I do not want to be repetitive but the same issues concern me greatly. Interaction with Revenue still seems to be less than appropriate to meet the needs of customers, both hauliers and end customers. I suggest that we get a simple paper, perhaps from Mr. McDonnell, that sets out very clearly the issue...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Impact of Covid-19 on Driving Instructors: Unite the Union (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Much of this is somewhat repetitive. I thank Mr. Brophy for his presentation, which was very welcome. A number of driving instructors have been in touch with me. Their biggest concern is they do not feel they will be able to cope with the demand to feed into the driver tests when they start to be rolled out. We had a presentation from the RSA and we have an idea, or indication, about what...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Impact of Covid-19 on Driving Instructors: Unite the Union (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Maybe we should.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I welcome the guests. I will dive into the questions. When did the Department become aware of the resignation of the outgoing chairman of the IAA?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Was that the first the Department heard of it? Was there some inkling? Did this come completely out of the blue to the Department?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Was that a direct conversation? Was it initiated by the chairman? Was it something that came from the Department or the Minister?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Was it an indication that he was not happy with procedures or not happy with the impending legislation?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: What meeting or meetings took place internally to discuss a process for finding a replacement?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: There was a discussion about finding a replacement and it became evident that the Department needed to move. Is that correct? At what point was the decision taken to select an interim chair?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: The Department had various different chats and talks and decided on it. Whose idea was it to go for an interim chair?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Were there any minutes taken of those meetings?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: The decision was taken at some point to select an interim chair. Which existing members of the board were considered or approached to fill that role?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: The Department did not consider anybody who was on the board of the IAA, with their significant experience, to be worthy of consideration.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: What process was followed to select the interim chair? The Department knew what it needed so how did it go looking? Where did it start?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: How many names did they come up with?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: How many?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Where did the name of the proposed interim chair come from?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Did anyone within the Department, including the Minister, receive any expressions of interest from any party once it was clear there was a vacancy? Was there any communication in writing, orally, by phone or by text, with any person who wanted to be considered, as far as Mr. Towey knows? Obviously he cannot speak for the Minister but if it got to Department level at some point there would...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Okay. That is fine for the moment.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Appointment Process for Chair of Irish Aviation Authority: Engagement with Department of Transport (18 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank Mr. Towey for answering the questions as frankly as he could. However, the average punter looking in will ask why two or three people sat in a room, tossed around a few names, did an eeny, meeny, miny, moe and picked an individual. That does not look good in terms of transparency at the level we are dealing with it. Quite frankly, it looks appalling because there is a broader...

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