Port finally fills board vacancies but chairman yet to be appointed

After several months’ delay, four board vacancies have finally been filled at the Port of Cork but a board chairman still remains to be appointed by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar.

The four members appointed to the board include a well-known former senior trade union official, a barrister, a shipping agent and a businessman, who is the son of an ex-Labour TD.

Former assistant general secretary of the Impact union, Dominic McEvoy, who lives in Glanmire, is believed to be the panel’s Labour Party appointment.

Mr McEvoy is also a former Harbour Commissioner member and ex-president of Cork Council of Trade Unions. He is also a member of the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Paul Mulvihill, 41, a son of former Labour Party TD and current Cork County Council member John Mulvihill, has also been appointed to the board.

Paul, who lives in Cobh, is a co-director of Intergral Mechanical Services, a successful company which has a number of building and maintenance contracts around the country, especially with schools and supermarkets.

Another new board member is Helen Boyle, who runs a successful legal practice out of her offices at South Bank, Crosse’s Green.

Ms Boyle specialises in general practice, torts and personal injury cases, criminal law and administrative law.

The fourth appointee is Brian Cantwell who, with his wife, is a director of a ship sale and purchasing company.

Mr Cantwell runs the company from an office in Upper Rochestown.

The serving term of a number of directors of the port ended last June.

At that time, the chairman’s term was extended by the minister for three months, in order to allow him time to appoint new directors.

Two months later, an independent director was appointed but, despite filling four board vacancies, the appointment of its chairman still remains to be filled.

Cllr Alan Coleman, a former board member, criticised the length of time it took Mr Varadkar to make appointments.

The FF councillor said he couldn’t understand why, even now, the minister still hadn’t decided on the chairmanship of the board.

“It beggars belief that he has now appointed all board members but not chosen a chairman. I would ask why? He should get on with it now as the Port of Cork has important decisions to make on its future. Maybe it’s time that local Government ministers put pressure on him to complete the job,” Mr Coleman said.

It’s understood Mr Varadkar is considering a number of candidates for the chairman’s position.

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