Limerick lawyer reappointed chairperson of aviation authority

Rose Hynes
Irish Aviation Authority Chairperson Rose Hynes

TRANSPORT Minister Eamon Ryan has reappointed longtime Limerick resident of Rose Hynes as Chairperson of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) for a five year term.

As the country’s aviation regulator, the IAA is responsible for aviation safety, security, economic and consumer protection functions.

First appointed to the Chair in January 2021, Ms Hynes has extensive corporate governance experience with Irish and international companies including most recently the Shannon Group where she served as Chairperson.

She has more than 30 years aviation industry experience both at senior executive and board level including aircraft leasing and financing, airlines and airports.

A law graduate of University College Dublin, Ms Hynes previously held a number of senior executive positions with the Shannon-based GPA Group at a time when it was the  world’s largest aircraft lessor.

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Announcing her reappointment, Minister Ryan said that securing Ireland’s international reputation at the forefront of aviation regulatory high standards will be central to Ms Hynes’ role.

“Rose has significant private and public sector experience as a chairperson, and that wealth of experience will be invaluable in steering the new single aviation regulator in its initial years as a consolidated entity,” he added.

The IAA’s existing commercial air navigation and air traffic management services functions will be established as a standalone commercial semi-State body to be known as AirNav Ireland which is expected to separate from the IAA by end of next month

Bryan Bourke, former managing partner with Dublin law firm William Fry, has been appointed Chairperson of AirNav Ireland for a five year term.

Both appointments were made pursuant to a public appointments service process.