EPA Director General, Dr Mary Kelly, appointed Chair of An Bord Pleanála

Date released: Jun 10 2011

The EPA confirms that the Director General, Dr. Mary Kelly, will leave the Agency at the end of the summer to take up her new appointment as Chair of An Bord Pleanála.

Dr Kelly has been Director General of the EPA since 2002 and has led the EPA effectively through profound change in that time. The Agency is now widely acknowledged as an exemplar of public sector effectiveness, and seen as the champion and independent voice for the environment in Ireland.

Dr Kelly led the EPA through two internal Strategic Reviews.  The first Strategic Review in 2003 led to major reorganisation and the creation of a new Office within the EPA, the Office of Environmental Enforcement.  This proved to be a vital and successful step in tackling the many compliance issues from illegal dumping to contaminated drinking water. 

The second Strategic Review in 2007 resulted in further reorganisation to bring a greater focus to the Climate Change Agenda with the establishment of the Climate Change Unit, bringing together all EPA staff with climate change responsibilities including emissions trading, research and international negotiation work.

Just last month (30th May 2011) an independent review of the EPA endorsed the role and performance of the Agency stating that the EPA, since its foundation, has provided considerable benefit for Ireland s environment and for the health and well-being of its people.

The Review of the EPA, carried out by an independent and expert Review Group, was a commitment in the Programme for Government 2007, commenced in January 2010, completed in May 2011, and is the first review of the Environmental Protection Agency to be carried out.  The review involved a comprehensive examination of the EPA and a public consultation process to gather views from the public and the widest range of interested parties. 

The Board, management and staff of the EPA all wish Dr. Kelly well in her new appointment following a decade of achievement in the agency.

ENDS

Further information: Niamh Hatchell, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)