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Tourism Minister Appoints New Fáilte Ireland Chairperson

By Dave Simpson
Tourism Minister Appoints New Fáilte Ireland Chairperson

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media Catherine Martin TD has announced the appointment of Paul Carty as chairperson of Fáilte Ireland, with immediate effect. The appointment follows an open competitive process through the Public Appointments Service.

Statement By Minister Martin

Minister Martin stated, "I am delighted to appoint Mr. Paul Carty as chairperson of the board of the national tourism development authority (Fáilte Ireland). Paul has led Fáilte Ireland as interim chairperson over the past 18 months in what was a most difficult time for the tourism industry. Through Paul's leadership, Fáilte Ireland played a pivotal role in supporting many of Ireland's tourism businesses to survive the pandemic. Paul brings a wealth of experience to the role and will play a pivotal part in leading Fáilte Ireland though the next crucial period for the industry. The focus now for Paul and Fáilte Ireland is to drive sustainable recovery and growth and to sustain businesses and employment numbers."

Statement By Fáilte Ireland CEO

Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly stated, "I warmly welcome the appointment of Paul Carty to the position of chairperson of Fáilte Ireland by Minister Martin. Paul has a world-renowned track record of strong leadership and expertise in the tourism industry over many years and he has brought this experience to bear as a member of the Fáilte Ireland Authority since 2017 and most recently as interim chairperson. I look forward to continuing working closely with Paul and the entire Authority of Fáilte Ireland as we support the tourism industry to recover and grow following the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to the sector."

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