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Monday 24 July 2017

Ex-foreign aid minister replaces Verwoerd as UNICEF boss

The late broadcaster Gerry Ryan with Melanie Verwoerd, who was sacked from her role
as CEO of UNICEF earlier this year. Photo: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS
The late broadcaster Gerry Ryan with Melanie Verwoerd, who was sacked from her role as CEO of UNICEF earlier this year. Photo: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

FORMER Fianna Fail minister Peter Power is the new chief executive of UNICEF.

Mr Power (45) was the minister with responsibility for international aid and development in the previous government.

The Government provides around €14m in funding to the children's charity each year.

Mr Power's appointment came following an "extensive" executive search, a statement said yesterday.

He will replace Melanie Verwoerd, the former partner of the late RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan, who discovered the TV and radio presenter's body in his Dublin apartment last year.

She has taken an unfair dismissal case against UNICEF after she was fired earlier this year.

Following her dismissal a war of words erupted between Ms Verwoerd and UNICEF, after the humanitarian aid group claimed she received a €200,000 settlement.

Ms Verwoerd vehemently denied there was any settlement.

Ms Verwoerd claims her association with the late RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan was the reason for her dismissal.

UNICEF said at the time that there was a "significant impasse" between her views and the views of its members and that these differences could not be rectified.

Irish Independent

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