How RTÉ Is Run
The RTÉ Board
The RTÉ Board is the governing authority of RTÉ and replaced the former RTÉ Authority following the enactment of the Broadcasting Act in 2009.
Six Board members are appointed on the nomination of the Minister; the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources proposes four members to the Minister; the Director General of RTÉ is an ex officio member; and one member of staff is appointed following election.
Moya Doherty (Chair)
Moya Doherty’s career includes theatre, radio and television production and presentation, both in Ireland and internationally. She fronted a number of Arts, Features and documentary programmes for RTÉ. As Executive Producer, Moya produced a number of charity Telethons, the Eurovision Song Contest and the televising of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics held in Ireland in 2003. Moya was the Commissioning Producer and originator of Riverdance for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1994.
She is a director of Tyrone Productions, one of Ireland’s leading independent television production companies, whose output includes drama, documentary and entertainment programming. She was a founding director of the radio station Today FM.
Moya has sat on a number of arts-related Boards including seven years as Chair of the Dublin International Theatre Festival, The Abbey Theatre, The Ark Children’s Theatre in Dublin, Business to Arts and Walnut Hill Arts School in Massachusetts.
Moya has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, including the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ulster & from the National University of Ireland in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the world of the arts in Ireland.
Fergus Armstrong is a mediator. He is a panel member of ONE resolve, an interdisciplinary mediation grouping. His previous career was in law practice, first with the family firm now named Hegarty and Armstrong, Sligo, then as company solicitor with Aer Lingus. He later joined the firm of McCann Fitzgerald, where he served as a partner in corporate law, then as managing partner and chairman. His mediation work encompasses disputes involving business and institutions, as well as conflict between individuals.
He participates as a teacher and panellist in courses and workshops on mediation for professional organisations and public sector employees. He contributes occasional journal and newspaper articles and has an interest in philosophy, psychology and theology. He was educated at Castleknock College, University College Dublin and Harvard Law School.
Orlaith is a journalist, producer and communications consultant. She was a staff reporter in the RTÉ Newsroom throughout the nineties, leaving to raise her family and develop business interests in the areas of recruitment, management, and media consultancy. She is a Director of Mediatraining.ie, a communications skills consultancy, and has a particular interest in personal development,
coaching people from all walks of life to achieve business and personal success. She is also a Director of Aerga Productions, a small independent production company. She holds an MA in Film and Television from DCU.
Frank Hannigan has worked in traditional media and software companies for 30 years. He started off in radio and print, until online media took off and later worked in social media when that took off. He has previously worked at the Sunday Tribune, Hot Press and Examiner Publications
As an entrepreneur he has successfully raised over €40m investment for projects. He has worked as a founder, a mentor and an investor with some of the most exciting start-ups in Ireland.
Frank is a visiting lecturer in Irish Universities speaking on topics from media to lean start up.
Dr P.J. Mathews is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin who specialises in Irish literature and culture. He is the author of Revival, a study of the Irish cultural revival period published by Field Day\Cork UP in 2003; editor of the Cambridge Companion to J.M. Synge (2009); and co-editor of A Handbook of the Irish Revival to be published by the Abbey Theatre in 2015. Dr Mathews is the founder and current Director of academic podcasting for UCDscholarcast (www.ucd.ie/scholarcast). He was Director of the Parnell Summer School from 2002-05 and was appointed Naughton Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame for 2007-08. He is an external member of the Irish Studies group at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, and co-convenor of the Irish Studies Doctoral Research Network.
Appointed Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in October 2010 having worked for a number of years as Head of Musicianship, Deborah Kelleher has played an integral role in the establishment and development of outreach, distance and in particular academic courses in the Academy over the last number of years, including the introduction of a specialised undergraduate degree in composition, the first music technology programme at the RIAM and numerous professional development courses for teachers throughout the country.
In the last year, RIAM has become an Associated College of Trinity College Dublin, and Deborah has overseen this significant transition.
Deborah studied music at Trinity College Dublin and was subsequently awarded Masters degrees in musicology (UCD) and business administration (DCU). Recognised as one of Ireland’s finest pianists of her generation, in recent years she has specialised in working with singers, counting Ailish Tynan, Mairéad Buicke, Tara Erraught and the late Bernadette Greevy, amongst her recital partners. She is a member of the board of the Dublin International Piano Competition, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Lyric Opera and has served on the Arts Council’s Peer Review Panel.
Deborah is a member of the 12-person Council of the Association of European Conservatoires (AEC), the umbrella body for over 280 conservatoires in Europe.
Aengus Mac Grianna
Aengus was born in Raheny and educated solely through Irish. One of RTÉ’s most popular newscasters, Aengus joined RTÉ in the mid 1980s, where he worked firstly as a runner in the newsroom. He later worked as a reporter on almost every desk in the newsroom before being appointed Newscaster in 1999.
A regular face on television bulletins on the Six-One, Nine O’Clock News programmes, Aengus is also a familiar voice on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ lyric fm. Following pay reductions Aengus became a union representative in RTÉ and represented the NUJ at TUG level for almost two years.
Anne O’Leary is an experienced Business Executive with a particular interest in and proven track record of helping companies develop new routes to market, leveraging the technologies available to quickly optimize the potential of their business etc. Anne has a very good understanding of corporate governance and compliance. As a Member of the Institute of Directors she has an updated understanding of the requirements of both private and state boards.
She is a successful entrepreneur, building and selling a reputable world class technology business, with strong concentration on strategic partnerships, sales management, marketing, product development and internal - external relationship management.
Anne has a broad range of experience across a number of different business sectors with a demonstrated ability in diagnostics, strategic planning, facilitation of teams and individuals and sustainable revenue growth
Aileen is an independent producer and journalist, living in Dublin. Born in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, she grew up near Shinrone, in Co. Offaly.
Educated at NUI Galway, she subsequently received a Master’s Diploma in Journalism in DCU in 1986. She worked as a reporter in Magill magazine, the Irish Press, and the Sunday Tribune before joining RTÉ as a reporter in 1991.
During her 13 years at RTÉ, she worked as a radio reporter, radio producer and TV news correspondent, receiving a number of awards for her broadcast news work.
She writes a regular analysis of the health services for the Sunday Business Post, and produces radio programmes as an independent radio producer. She is developing a business in online and mobile audio services.
Eunice is a graduate of University College Dublin achieving a Masters Degree in Economics and later obtained a further Masters Degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Eunice is a barrister by profession and was called to the Bar in 1996. She was appointed as Junior Counsel to the Tribunal to Inquire into Certain Planning Matters and Payments in July 1998. In March 2010, she was appointed Director of Legal Affairs in the HSE. Eunice, through her involvement with the Mental Health Commission, chaired mental health tribunals to assess whether the detention of individuals under the Mental Health Acts has been appropriate in various circumstances. In the past number of years Eunice has been heavily involved in studying, researching and developing areas of mediation and conflict and dispute resolution.
Stuart is a television producer and has been producing television programmes for the past 25 years across factual and entertainment for RTÉ, BBC and other broadcasters. He is a founding Director of Coco Television and Managing Director of Coco Television since 1998. Stuart is cooriginator, producer and executive of numerous Coco productions. He is the driving force behind Coco’s interest in digital media, publishing and events. His background in finance was the reason Coco joined the group that created YMITV back in 2001, the first UK on-line financial channel. He is a former member of Screen Producers Ireland and has contributed to many media industry reports over the last ten years. Stuart was principal of Switzer & Co. Financial Advisors and Management Consultants, for ten years prior to joining Coco Television as CEO.
Noel Curran - Director General, RTÉ (ex officio member)
Noel is a graduate of Communication Studies from Dublin City University (DCU), where he undertook specific research work on broadcasting policy issues. After leaving DCU, he worked as business journalist before being appointed News Editor of Business and Finance magazine. In 1992 Noel left Business and Finance to join RTÉ’s business and economics programme ‘Marketplace’. Having trained as a Television producer, Noel was responsible for some of RTÉ’s biggest live productions in the Entertainment and Current Affairs departments. In 2000 he left RTÉ to become a director of an independent production company. He returned to take up the position of Editor of Current Affairs, where he was responsible for the launch of the Prime Time Investigates series. In 2003 Noel was appointed Managing Director of Television, the largest Division in RTÉ, with responsibility for all Television output on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two, and for Television’s commercial income and sports rights negotiations. Noel remained as Managing Director Television until 2010.
Cillian de Paor - Secretary to the Board of RTÉ