Government approves the appointment of new Directors to the board of Pobal

Published on Friday, 16 Dec 2016
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Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, T.D. announced today (16 December, 2016) that the Government has agreed to the nomination of seven members to the board of Pobal, to fill its current vacancies. The board now has a full complement of 16 members.

The nomination of the following members was agreed at the Government meeting on 13 December 2016;

Newly Appointed Members:

Ms Molly Buckley
Ms Buckley was a local authority representative for many years. She works extensively in community development and family support services. She is chair of a number of voluntary organisations.

Mr Tom Lavin
Mr Lavin was former C.E.O. of County Leitrim Partnership. He has many years experience in managing programmes aimed at eradicating poverty and social disadvantage, as well as his experience in managing EU- funded programmes.

Mr. Pat Donnellan
Mr Donnellan is currently a business consultant and voluntary sector worker. He has worked at senior level for the Health and Safety Authority. His particular expertise is in the areas of human resources, financial management and corporate governance.

Ms.Catherine Lynch
Ms Lynch is currently the gender project manager with UCD. She has particular expertise in the area of organisational development and strategy and an understanding and some specialist knowledge in other areas, including early years, law and finance.

Ms. Deirdre Burke
Ms Burke is a qualified solicitor and barrister-at-law. She specialises in Family & Child Law and acts as a mediator to families and couples in crisis. She is the founder and Director of the Guardian Childrens Project (Charity) and a national board member of Rainbows Ireland (Charity).

Reappointed Members

Mary Mooty
Ms. Mooty has extensive experience in the community, voluntary and statutory sectors in various areas. She works in adult education and training. She has served her first three-year term on the board of Pobal.

Ms Catherine Travers
Ms.Travers is a Legal Executive/Consultant, Peace Commissioner and community activist. She has expertise in both legal and corporate governance. She has served her first three-year term on the board of Pobal.

The Minister wishes to thank former members Ann Costello, John Walsh, Ruth Cullen, Patricia King and Marian Vickers for their years of service to the board, and to Pobal, and acknowledges their assistance in helping Pobal have a real and tangible impact on thousands of people across the country through the programmes that they manage on behalf of the Government.


Note for Editors

Pobal is a not-for-profit company that manages various programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU. It administers funding to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion, reconciliation and equality.

There is no salary or allowance for members of the board, but they are entitled to claim for travel and subsistence expenses relating to their attendance at meetings.