RPII announces new Chief Executive

Date released: Apr 30 2003

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ann McGarry as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr McGarry will take up her position on 1st May, on the retirement of the Institute's Chief Executive, Dr Tom O'Flaherty, who has held the position since the Institute was established in 1992.

Dr McGarry, who comes from Dublin, studied physics at the Dublin Institute of Technology and University College, Dublin, where she was awarded her doctorate for research on the historical deposition of radionuclides and heavy metals in Ireland. She has worked for the Institute since its establishment, and since 1994 has held senior management responsibility at various times for the Institute's work on radon in buildings, monitoring of radiation doses received by workers and regulation of uses of ionising radiation in medicine and industry.

Following her appointment, Dr McGarry stated that, "The Institute will continue to strive, through its various programmes, to minimise the hazard to Irish people and their environment from ionising radiation".

Dr McGarry represents the Institute on various international bodies, and is a member of the Consultative Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

She also paid warm tribute to her predecessor, Dr Tom O'Flaherty who is retiring. "I wish Tom all the best in his retirement and hope to build on the work he has done, and to continue to guide the Institute as effectively as he has done since its inception in 1992."