New EPA Advisory Committee

Date released: Dec 19 2016

The 7th EPA Advisory Committee was appointed by Mr. Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment on 5 December 2016.

The Executive Board of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is assisted by an Advisory Committee of twelve members, nominated by prescribed organisations and appointed by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The Director General of the EPA, is ex officio, a member and Chairperson of the Committee.  The term of office of the Committee is three years.

The Advisory Committee has a wide range of advisory functions under the EPA Act, including making recommendations to the EPA, or the Minister, relating to the functions of the EPA.

Laura Burke, EPA Director General, welcomed the appointments saying she very much looked forward to working with all the members of the new Advisory Committee.  Its first meeting will take place in early 2017.

Appointees from Prescribed Bodies

  • Ms. Collette Byrne (nominated by the County and City Managers Association)
  • Dr. Ina Kelly (nominated by the Directors of Public Health of HSE)
  • Dr. Cara Austenbourg (nominated by the Irish Environmental Network)
  • Dr. Ronan Kennedy (nominated by the Irish Environmental Law Association)
  • Mr. Harold Kingston (nominated by the Irish Farmers Association)
  • Ms. Elaine Nevin (nominated by the National Youth Council of Ireland)
  • Prof. Fiona Lyng (nominated by the Irish Radiation Research Society)

Ministerial Appointees

  • Dr. Aine Ryall
  • Mr. Sean Finlay
  • Mr. Frank Conlon
  • Mr. Sean Finan

Ms. Laura Burke, Director General, EPA

Further information about the EPA Advisory Committee is available on the EPA website.