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.
The term of seven members of the Board was completed on August 31st 2014.The appointment of new Board members is decided by the Minister for Communications. This webpage will be updated to reflect the newly appointed RTÉ Board members in due course.
Orlaith Carmody - Journalist, Producer and Communications Consultant
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.
Aileen O'Meara - Independent producer and journalist
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 O'Raw - Barrister
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 Switzer - Managing Director, Coco Television
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
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