Press Release

Tánaiste announces appointment of Mr. Liam Downey as Chairperson of the HSE

Further to her announcement on 20th November, of the appointment of Mr. Kevin Kelly as interim CEO of the Health Service Executive (HSE),  the Tánaiste today announced the appointment of Mr. Liam Downey to the position of Chairperson of the HSE.  The appointment is being made by the Tánaiste on the recommendation of the Board of the Interim HSE.  The duration of the appointment will coincide with that of Mr. Kelly’s appointment as interim CEO.

Mr. Downey has served as a member of the Interim HSE since its establishment.  He is a former Chief Executive of Becton Dickinson Ireland, a medical technology company.  He was the President of the Federation of Irish Employers and a Trustee, and member, of the National Executive Council of IBEC.  Mr. Downey is a former Chairman of the Irish Medical Devices Association and is currently a member of the Labour Relations Commission.