PETER Tyndall has been unveiled as the likely to successor to Emily O’Reilly as Ireland’s Ombudsman and Information Commissioner.
Dublin man Mr Tyndall has been Public Services Ombudsman for Wales since 2008 and will replace Ms O’Reilly who recently left the office to take up the position of European Ombudsman.
Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin announced Mr Tyndall as the government’s nominee for appointment by the President this afternoon.
Mr Tyndall’s appointment will be subject to a resolution of the Dáil and Seanad.
Interests for the job were invited as part of a process initiated by Mr Howlin on August 1st.
A total of 35 expressions of interest were received from individuals with a wide range of experience spanning both the public and private sector and included journalists, public relations practitioners, serving ombudsmen, public representatives, serving and retired public servants and legal and business professionals. Some 14 of the applicants were women.
Speaking today, Mr Howlin said: “I am delighted that Mr Tyndall has accepted the nomination to be our new Ombudsman and Information Commissioner.
“During Mr Tyndall’s time as Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, the office in Wales has become regarded as a leading example of ombudsman practice and its approaches have been extensively adopted elsewhere.”
The Ombudsman is the senior public official charged with monitoring the public administration through the examination and investigation of complaints from members of the public who believe they have been adversely affected by the administrative actions of a public body.
The Ombudsman’s remit now covers all Government Departments, Local Authorities, the HSE, and some 180 additional public bodies recently added to the remit through the Ombudsman (Amendment) Act, 2012.
Mr Tyndall will also serve as Information Commissioner under Freedom of Information legislation, and Commissioner for Environmental Information.
Prior to becoming Ombudsman for Wales, Mr Tyndall was the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales. He was previously Head of Education and Culture for the Welsh Local Government Association and before that worked in a variety of senior positions in housing and social care.
Mr. Tyndall recently served a two year term as Chairman of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association. He is a member of the World and European Boards of the International Ombudsman Institute. He has spoken and published extensively on ombudsman issues.
Originally from Dublin, Mr Tyndall has lived and worked in Wales for more than 30 years. He has an MSc in Strategic Management from Cardiff University and is married with three daughters.