Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen joins board of Beacon Hospital
FORMER Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been appointed non-executive director on the board of the Beacon Hospital.
It is understood Mr Cowen, who served as Taoiseach in the early years of the financial crisis and oversaw the country's entry into the EU/IMF bailout programme, was approached to take on the position by businessman Denis O'Brien.
Mr O'Brien, who is also the largest shareholder in Independent News & Media, the parent company of this newspaper, owns 70pc of the south Dublin private hospital.
The remainder is owned by Beacon Medical Group, which operates Beacon Care Fertility, Beacon Homecare and Beacon Renal.
Mr Cowen joins fellow non-executive directors, Niall Devereux, Dermot Hayes and Maureen Lynott on the board of the hospital, along with executive directors, chief executive Michael Cullen and Professor Mark Redmond.
It is understood that Mr Cowen will attend his first board meeting next week.
Mr Cowen served as Minister for Health and Children between 1997 and 1999.
Last week it emerged that the south Dublin Beacon Hospital is to become the first private hospital for the training of students studying medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and radiography at UCD.