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Minister (he who claims that he has nothing to do with the SFPA) announces executive appointments

Minister McConalogue has announced the appointment of Michael Finn and Jonathan Hoare as Executive Authority Members of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA).

The appointments follow the recent Public Appointments Service (PAS) competitive recruitment process.

The Executive Members, working with Executive Chairperson Paschal Hayes will lead the SFPA over the coming years through an ambitious programme of organisational change to deliver efficient and effective enforcement of sea fisheries and food safety law; promoting compliance while detecting and deterring contraventions.

Michael Finn has most recently worked as an Assistant Commissioner for the Garda Síochana and I n this role he was responsible for policing and security of the Southern Region.

His previous responsibilities included being part of the Garda Senior Leadership Team, contributing to the overall organisational strategy, policing plans and the delivery of policing and security outcomes.

Jonathan Hoare has most recently worked as a Programme Manager with responsibility for co-ordinating and managing the implementation of the South West Regional Enterprise Plan.

He previously held the position of Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Irish Local Development Network. Mr Hoare has also held various public service roles including his work with the houses of the Oireachtas and a period as advisor to a previous Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD.

Announcing the appointments, the Minister said that he was confident that they (Finn & Hoare) will meet the challenges posed in leading the SFPA organisation through a period of significant change while achieving the exacting standards of public sector leadership.

“This is a complex and evolving regulatory sector promoting a sustainable and compliant industry that supports coastal communities dependant on fishing and helps to secure our fish stocks for future generations of fishermen,” he said.

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