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 the RTÉ Board extends to 31 August 2014 and the members are as follows:
Chairman: Tom Savage - Communications Clinic
Directly after graduation from Queen’s University, Belfast, Tom was appointed Head of Social Welfare for the Archdiocese of Armagh. He was then head-hunted to lecture in the Catholi Communications Centre, and on leaving the priesthood began a career in journalism and as a radio and TV presenter. For fifteen years a familiar voice on RTÉ’s What It Says in the Papers, he was the first editor of Morning Ireland. He edited several publications, including the IPA’s Public Affairs and launched the IMO’s Irish Medical News before joining Bunny Carr as Head of Training in Carr Communications. Inter alia he was involved in the training of Irish Civil Servants, Performance Management and Development Systems. He has advised the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Save the Children (N.I.) and the Children’s Law Centre in Belfast. He is the author of the book on negotiations entitled, How to Get What You Want.
Patricia Quinn - CEO of Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange
Patricia is the founder and CEO of Irish Nonprofits Knowledge Exchange (INKEx), a non profit company established in 2009. She was formerly a public servant, serving as cultural director of Temple Bar Properties, as executive director of the Arts Council, and as a member of various public bodies including the Newspaper Commission and the Forum on Broadcasting.
Karlin Lillington - Technology Correspondent, Irish Times
Karlin is a journalist and columnist with the Irish Times focusing on technology, with a special interest in the political, social, business and cultural aspects of information and communicatio technologies. She has been a contributor to a wide range of Irish and international publications, including The Guardian, New Scientist,
Wired.com, Salon.com, Red Herring, The Scientist and the
Sunday Times, and also is a regular guest on Irish radio.
She has also worked as a consultant to U2 for the U2.com
website, and is on the advisory panel for the Science Gallery
at Trinity College and for TEDx Dublin. She holds a PhD
from Trinity College.
Alan Gilsenan - Film/Documentary maker
Alan is a film-maker, writer and theatre director. He is a former Chairman of the Irish Film Institute and was a Board Member of the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann and the International Dance Festival Ireland. His many films include The Road To God Knows Where, All Souls’ Day, Zulu 9, The Green Fields of France, The Ghost of Roger Casement, Timbuktu, The Yellow Bittern as well as the documentary series The Asylum, The Hospice and I See A Darkness.
Fergus Armstrong - Former Chairman, McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors
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.
Sean O'Sullivan - Managing Director, Seabrook Research Ltd.
Sean is founder and Managing Director of Cork based software consultancy firm Seabrook Research Limited. He is also Chairman of the Business Information Systems Advisory Board at UCC and a mentor of the Masters programme at the University. Formerly Vice Chairman of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission, Sean is also an investor in a number of technology start-up companies.
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.
Joe Little - RTÉ Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent
Joe has been a journalist since 1977, principally with RTÉ. Reared in Belfast and Limerick, his reporting from Northern Ireland helped RTÉ win an Emmy nomination. He has been honoured by the Republic’s Law Society and the Disability Lobby Inclusion Ireland. He’s RTÉ’s Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent.
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