Clare native, Breege O’Donoghue has resigned from her role as Chair of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland having been recently reinstated to the role by Tanáiste.
Breege a native of Boston left the role earlier in September along with her post on the Board of Fáilte Ireland following a report in The Irish Examiner which revealed that she had travelled to Spain during the summer despite its absence from the Green List.
She had explained that the trip was for “medical reasons” and that she restricted her movements upon returning to Ireland leading the Tanáiste Leo Varadkar (FG) to reinstate her as Chair of the DCCI. Her reasoning was not accepted by Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin (GP) and thus Breege did not return to the Board of Fáilte Ireland.
A spokesperson for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment confirmed that Ms O’Donoghue has now decided to resign from the DCCI Board. The Department has not outlined if new information had surfaced on the matter.
Formerly Chairperson of the Labour Relations Commission for seven years, Breege has been lauded for her tenure as an executive director with retail giant Primark.