Former Council CEO new chair of HSA

Former Council CEO new chair of HSA

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A former Chief Executive of Clare County Council has been appointed to the Board of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

Announcing the new appointments to the board, Minister of State at the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI), Mr Pat Breen TD confirmed that Mr Tom Coughlan will be the authority’s new chairman.

Chairman designate Mr Coughlan was formerly Chief Executive of Clare County Council (2009-2016) and is a board member of the Shannon Group PLC.

In accordance with the Programme for a Partnership Government, Mr. Coughlan is scheduled to appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation prior to the confirmation of his appointment. This appearance will take place on Tuesday 11th April.

Minister Breen said: “I am confident that the knowledge and capability of the members of the Board that is now in place for the period 2017 to 2020 will ensure that the Authority continues to work with employers, employees, representative bodies, government departments and other agencies to implement its strategy across the range of its enforcement, legislation, policy-making, educational and communications activities”  

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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