Press Release

Minister Harris welcomes the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer for the Heath Research Board

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD today welcomed the appointment of Dr Darrin Morrissey as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Health Research Board. Dr Morrissey was appointed following an open recruitment campaign.

Commenting on the appointment, Minister Harris said, “Dr Morrissey has a wealth of experience and a proven track record in leadership in the research and innovation environment. This is a key appointment in striving to develop our health research capability in Ireland. The HRB CEO has an important role in implementing the HRB’s Corporate Strategy and achieving the aim of excellent research which will generate relevant knowledge and promote its application in policy and practice.

“The importance of health research has been well documented as being an essential element for health services. It is fundamental to the safe and effective delivery of health services. There is strong international evidence that a research-informed health system with a research-aware workforce ultimately results in better outcomes for patients and I am committed to ensuring that health research is supported.”

The HRB is the lead agency in Ireland funding health research and has an annual allocation from the Department of Health of more than €40m.