Cabinet approves O'Donnell to replace Gay Byrne at RSA

The Cabinet has approved the appointment of the former deputy leader of the Progressive Democrats, Liz O'Donnell, as chairperson of the Road Safety Authority.

She will take over from former TV presenter Gay Byrne, who stepped down last month after eight years in the role.

O'Donnell will now become chairperson designate of the RS- until an appearance before the Oireachtas Transport Committee, which will have to confirm her appointment.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Paschal Donohoe said: ‘I am delighted to propose Ms. Liz O’Donnell as Chairperson of the RSA and am happy that she has agreed to take on this important role and to work with us to improve road safety.

“Amongst the key priorities for the role will be to continue the implementation of the fourth Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020 which includes targeted reductions in death and injuries on our roads, to complete the progression of the RSA to a self-sustaining entity that draws its funding from non-Exchequer sources and to deliver a successful organisation in line with the Authority’s own internal strategic review.

“This appointment is being made in advance of the introduction of new procedures for State Board appointments, in view of the urgent need to fill the vacant post which is crucial to our efforts to combat road deaths.

“The former chairperson, Mr Gay Byrne, whom I thank sincerely for his enormous contribution, brought great enthusiasm to the role.

“I am confident that Ms. O’Donnell will bring a commensurate amount of skills and experience to this position on the Board of the RSA and will make an effective contribution towards reducing the number of deaths and injuries on our roads”.

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