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 former director of both Tyrone Productions and 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.
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
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
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, including Nuacht RTÉ, 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. In 2009 Aengus became Father of the NUJ chapel in the Newsroom and was involved in negotiations on revised pay scales and structures in the Newsroom. He also represented the NUJ at TUG level for almost two years. In 2014 Aengus was elected by staff to the RTÉ Board.
Mr Pádraig Ó'Céidigh
Founder of Aer Arann and Aer Lingus Regional. He is Adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship and Business in NUI Galway, Chair of the Business School Advisory Board and Chairman of Failte Ireland West.. A former recipient of the Ernst and Young Irish Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Padraig is its current Chair. He is also a former Board member of CROI, Board Iascaigh Mhara and Chair of the National GAA Research Board.
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
Margaret E Ward
An entrepreneur who worked as a financial journalist for 25 years. She is CEO of Clear Ink, a global brand communications agency based in Dublin. As a journalist, she worked as a business columnist and investigative journalist with The Irish Times, was The Sunday Times’ first Money Editor in Ireland, presented business programmes on Newstalk and was a regular contributor to RTÉ radio. She is a recipient of the Law Society of Ireland's Justice Media Award for social and campaigning journalism. She was also awarded an ICS science journalism award for an article in The Irish Times on antibiotic resistant superbugs. In 2010, she founded Women on Air, a not-for-profit networking group that provides expert women with the skills and confidence they need to go on the airwaves. She has an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University. Margaret was born in New York City to Irish parents. She moved to Dublin in 1995.
Ms Fionnuala Sheehan
Fionnuala Sheehan's career spans the Civil Service (Department of Finance and Commission on Taxation), the Public Service (Funding Manager for the newly created Telecom Eireann and its capital investment company, Irish Telecommunications Investments Limited), the commercial sector (Group Treasurer of GPA Limited and its joint venture companies), higher education (Deputy Registrar, University of Limerick), and the not for profit sector (Chief Executive of MEAS Ltd / drinkaware.ie). In her career Fionnuala has led many innovative, change management, and complex initiatives. A native of Limerick city, Fionnuala graduated from NUI Galway with double first class honours, has an MA, a Diploma in Applied Finance, and a Certificate and Diploma in Company DIrection (awarded by the Institute of DIrectors). She has served as a Governor of the University of Limerick and a Director of Daghda Dance Company.
Mr Shane Naughton
Shane Naughton is Chief Financial Officer of The Economist Group, a leading source of independent analysis on international business and world affairs which includes The Economist newspaper among its businesses. Previously he was global Chief Financial Officer of EMI Music, the international music business containing the Capitol, Virgin, Blue Note and Parlophone labels, and with artists ranging from the Beatles and the Beach Boys through to Coldplay and Katy Perry. Prior to that, as CEO of the UBM plc’s Connect division, he managed a portfolio of B2B magazines. He gained extensive TV and broadcasting experience during his time with Sky, and has also worked at Coca-Cola and Dell Computers in a variety of finance role. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and holds a law degree from University College Dublin.
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