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Ex-Labour cllr is given board job
30 Sep 2014 13:01
An unsuccessful Labour Party Local Election candidate was appointed to the Board of Directors at the Irish Aviation Authority last month.
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Former Clare County Councillor Pascal Fitzgerald was made a director at the beginning of August.
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A spokesperson for Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said Mr Fitzgerald has been active in promoting Shannon Airport and tourism in the Shannon and Mid West area over the last decade.
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Directors on the board of the Irish Aviation Authority are paid up to €13,000 a year, according to the authority's 2013 annual report.
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Mr Fitzgerald, who is a publican, served as a councillor for ten years before he lost his seat in the Shannon area last May. He could not be contacted for comment.
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The Department of Transport said the IAA carries out "a range of operational and regulatory functions and services relating to the safety and technical aspects of civil aviation.
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"The Authority ensures that the Irish Civil Aviation operates to international and European safety standards and systems in accordance with international agreements."
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Elsewhere, another former Labour Party councillor has been appointed to the Port of Waterford company.
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Jack Walsh, who served for ten years on Waterford City Council, was recently appointed to the board that oversees port activity on the Suir estuary and around Waterford city.
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He lost his seat in the Local Elections in May.
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Mr Walsh was appointed to the new board of the company during the summer. A director at the company is entitled to €8,100 a year.
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