The Aviation Authority’s designated CEO, Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, is surprisingly stepping down from his role

The chief executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, will surprisingly resign at the end of October.

He was the designated Chief Executive of a newly formed IAA once new legislation is passed.

Mr Ó Conghaile was General Manager of Strategy, Planning and Economic Regulation at the DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, before joining Ryanair in 2016. At Ryanair he was Director of Public Affairs and later headed Malta Air subsidiary.

In early 2021 he was appointed Chief Executive Designate of the IAA.

New legislation will dissolve the Commission for Aviation Regulation and separate the Irish Aviation Authority’s commercial and regulatory functions.

Under the proposed new legislation, air traffic control operations, including air traffic control, will become a separate entity to be known as AirNav Ireland.

The current Managing Director of the IAA is Peter Kearney. He will be AirNav’s chief executive when it is officially formed.

A newly constituted IAA will be the overall sectoral regulator responsible for safety and security, as well as regulating passenger charges at Dublin Airport, consumer protection and the licensing and supervision of the travel trade.

However, the implementation of the law has been delayed by more than a year.

Last month, Seanad leader Regina Doherty made the announcement Irish Independent that the House of Representatives has been asked to pass key legislation aimed at implementing structural change without assurances as to significant concerns that senators have about the proposed legislation.

Ms Doherty claimed the IAA “resisted” taking on additional responsibility. She and other senators have also raised concerns that the Department of Transportation has enlisted the advice of the IAA in drafting elements of the new legislation, rather than relying on outside advice.

The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association has called for a range of changes to the legislation, including mandatory peer support programs at airlines, which would need to be reviewed at least every three years.

ILO Chair Rose Hynes thanked Mr Ó Conghaile for his contribution to the implementation of the Separation Directive. The ILO Board will initiate a process to find a successor to Mr Ó Conghaile as soon as possible.

The Aviation Authority recently officially opened its new €50m 87m high control tower at Dublin Airport. The Aviation Authority’s designated CEO, Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, is surprisingly stepping down from his role

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