New EPA Director Appointed by Government

Date released: May 09 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the appointment, by Government, of Gerard O’ Leary as a Director of the Environmental Protection Agency. Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, today welcomed the appointment, which is a full-time executive appointment with a term of office of five years.

Gerard O’Leary joined the EPA in 1994 as a Licensing Inspector under the newly established IPC licensing regime. He worked subsequently in the Environmental Management and Planning area and served most recently as a Programme Manager in the Office of Environmental Enforcement. 

Gerard O’ Leary holds MSc. degrees in Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry as well as an MA degree in Public Management.

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Note to Editors:
Director of the EPA is a full time position, based at the EPA’s headquarters in Wexford, with a five year term of office.
Appointment of Director of the EPA by Government follows from a recommendation made by an independent selection committee convened in accordance with the EPA Act, 1992.  The independent selection committee conducts a public recruitment competition to select candidates suitable for recommendations to Government.