Published on September 21st, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer


New IAA Aviation Regulator Appointed

The Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. has today welcomed the appointment of Mr. Diarmuid Ó Conghaile as the new Aviation Regulator with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). Mr Ó Conghaile will take up his appointment from 1 January 2021.

Speaking as the announcement was made, Eamon Ryan, Minister for Transport said “I wish to congratulate Mr. Ó Conghaile on being appointed as the new Aviation Regulator with the IAA. Diarmuid takes the reins at a very important time, when Ireland’s aviation regulation arrangements are being modernised and brought into line with international best practice. Diarmuid will exercise a role of critical importance in the transition necessary to separate the IAA’s dual roles of aviation safety regulation and commercial air navigation service provisions. This transition will run up to the legislative institutional separation of the two current IAA functions – upon which Diarmuid will be CEO of Ireland’s newly consolidated Aviation Regulator, responsible for safety, security, economic and consumer protection functions. It is vital, particularly at this time, that Ireland’s regulatory arrangements are robust and responsive to the many challenges facing the aviation sector on a number of fronts. Securing Ireland’s international reputation as being to the forefront of regulatory high standards will therefore be central to the new Aviation Regulator’s role.”

Minister of State for Transport, Ms. Hildegarde Naughton T.D. added, “I would like to join Minister Ryan in extending my congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Ó Conghaile on this very important regulatory appointment. The establishment of a new, modern regulator will act as a single point of entry for safety, security, economic and consumer regulation requirements, and it will provide clearer and more efficient lines of communication and customer service for the travelling public, industry, and workers within the aviation sector”.

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile is currently the CEO of the Malta Air, a Ryanair subsidiary, and has previously held senior management positions in Ryanair, daa and An Post, as well as positions in the National Competitiveness Council, Forfás, the National Economic and Social Forum, the European Commission, and a number of Government Departments.

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