Press Release

Chief Executive of new Health Authority Appointed

Mr Brian Cowen, T.D., Minister for Health and Children today (28 June 1999) announced the appointment of Mr Donal O’Shea as the first Regional Chief Executive of the Eastern Regional Health Authority.

The Authority, which is to be established under legislation enacted by the Oireactas last month, is expected to take over the functions of the Eastern Health Board on 1st. March next year. It will also be responsible for funding the voluntary sector in the region, including the voluntary hospitals.

“The implementation of the proposals in the Act will present a major organisational challenge for the Eastern Health Board, the voluntary providers and the Department,” the Minister said. “I believe Donal O’Shea has the requisite experience and leadership qualities to lead and oversee the transition phase and to ensure that the new Authority is established on a firm footing.”

Mr. O’Shea has been employed in the health services for over 25 years and has extensive experience of leading and managing change. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of the North-Eastern Health Board and was previously Chief Executive Officer of the North-Western Health Board. He has also been Chairman of the Task Force on the Eastern Regional Health Authority since its establishment in 1997. The Task Force was charged with working out the detailed organisational and administrative arrangements required for the transition to the new structures. Its recommendations formed the basis for the proposals in the Health (Eastern Health Authority) Act,1999.