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Review of Shannon Heritage operations to be carried out & appointment of Shannon Group Chair ‘imminent’

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An appointment for the new Chairperson of Shannon Group is to be made imminently, the Minister for Transport has stated while a review of Shannon Heritage’s operations will also be conducted.

Shannon Group has been without a Chairperson since Rose Hynes’ twelve month contract extension expired in August 2020. The North Clare woman has gone on to be appointed the Chairperson of the Irish Aviation Authority.

Her successor is to be appointed imminently, Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan (GP) outlined on Friday at a meeting with Clare TD, Michael McNamara (IND) and Department officials.

Minister Ryan who was joined by Minister of State for International and Road Transport and Logistics, Hildegarde Naughton (FG) also detailed plans to carry out a review on Shannon Heritage.

Deputy McNamara informed The Clare Echo that he was told “the appointment of a new Chair of Shannon Group is imminent”.

“A commitment was given to me that a review the future of Shannon Heritage’s position within that group will be undertaken in conjunction with the new Chair,” McNamara stated.

Issues on the supports for Shannon Heritage staff was highlighted by the Scariff native during the meeting. “I also raised the precarious position of Shannon Heritage staff whose positions have been transformed into seasonal jobs yet can’t avail of redundancy”.

Shannon Group’s executive team is currently comprised of CEO Mary Considine, Chief Operating Officer Ray O’Driscoll, Caroline Kelleher Director of Public Affairs, Rachael Leahy Head of Legal and Paul MacNamara Chief Financial Officer.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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