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Limerick City Of Culture CEO Patricia Ryan Resigns

Published on Jan 6 2014 1:43 PM in General Industry

Limerick City Of Culture CEO Patricia Ryan Resigns

Limerick CIty of Culture are on the lookout for a new CEO after Patricia Ryan resigned from her position yesterday evening.

"The speculation and commentary surrounding the events of recent days has regrettably compromised my authority and capacity to continue leading this project," Ms Ryan said upon her resignation. 

The crisis-hit Limerick City of Culture project has now lost not only its CEO, but also the artistic director Karl Wallace and event programmers Jo Mangan and Maeve McGrath in just its first week.

Limerick City of Culture Chair Pat Cox (pictured) said last night on RTE1's News at Nine that they will have "to hit the reset button" with regard the programs organisation.

"I want to reassure the artistic community and the wider community that we are determined to put this back on track and will deliver everything on the program," he said.

The appointment of Ms Ryan as CEO became the subject of scrutiny after it emerged the €120,000 18 month contract position had not been advertised.

Many members of the local arts community in Limerick voiced at public meeting last Friday that they wanted her to resign.

Patricia Ryan was once a €150,000 a year advisor to former Health Minnister Mary Harney. Ms Ryan was also an adviser to the former European Parliament president Pat Cox.

© 2013 - Hospitality Ireland Magazine by Enda Dowling

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