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Friday 15 December 2017

Former Irish Independent Business Editor Maeve Dineen appointed FSOC chair

Louise Kelly & Donal O'Donovan

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced the appointment of four members of the Financial Services Ombudsman Council.

Former Irish Independent Business Editor and Corporate Communications Consultant Maeve Dineen will serve as Chair of the Council.

Chief Executive, Consumers' Association of Ireland (CAI) Demott M. Jewell, solicitor Elizabeth Walsh and Health Insurance Authority CEO Don Gallagher were also appointed to the Council.

The term of office of some Council members expired on some October 28 last year and these appointments were made following a public competition held by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).

PAS specifically sought candidates with expertise in the areas of consumer protection issues, the financial services industry and the pensions industry.

The appointments came into effect on Monday, January 9.

The Financial Services Ombudsman Council’s role includes include setting guidelines under which the Financial Services Ombudsman is to operate, setting levies and charges payable for the performance of the Financial Services Ombudsman, appointment of the Financial Services Ombudsman and advising the minister and the Financial Services Ombudsman.

The Council has no role with respect to how the Financial Services Ombudsman deals with complaints. Maeve Dineen is a former Business Editor and Farming Editor at the Irish Independent, and is a former presenter on RTE’s Ear to the Ground.

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