The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, obtained government approval for the appointment of new Chairs for the Boards of RTÉ and TG4.
The Minister has announced the appointment by Government for terms of 5 years of:
- Siún Ní Raghallaigh, former Chairperson of TG4 as the new Chairperson of RTÉ
- Aideen Howard, Director of The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre in Dublin, as a member of the RTÉ Board
Commenting on the appointments, Minister Martin said:
“RTÉ is at the centre of Irish life – informing, educating and entertaining the public – and these appointments come at a time of opportunity and change in the Irish media and broadcasting landscape. Siún Ní Raghallaigh and Aideen Howard bring wide-ranging knowledge and experience which will be central to the evolving strategic direction of RTÉ. I wish both well during their terms and thank them for taking on these important roles.”
The appointments follow a public call for applications on stateboards.ie and an assessment process managed by the Public Appointments Service.
The Minister has also announced the appointment by Government of a new chairperson and three new members of the Board of TG4, as well as the reappointment of three existing Board members for second terms.
On the Minister’s nomination, Government:
- appointed Anna Ní Ghallachair as chairperson of TG4; and Róisín Ní Ráighne; Aedín O’Leary; and Seán Ó Cuirreáin as members of the Board – the appointment terms being for four years
- reappointed Siobhán Ní Ghadhra; Mairéad Ní Nuadháinand Darach Ó Tuairisg for three year terms of office
Welcoming the appointments, the Minister said:
“TG4 continues to play a key role not only in our media sector, but also as part of Government’s ongoing strategy to increase the use of the Irish language in our daily lives. TG4’s vision is to better serve our Irish-speaking communities, increase its engagement with younger audiences, all the while supporting local and regional creative companies to deliver quality content. Today’s appointment will add significantly to the Board as it continues to deliver this mission and vision.”