Lenihan appoints his economic adviser to Central Bank position
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan appointed his economic adviser Dr Alan Ahearne as a member of the Central Bank Commission in one of his last acts in that office.
Dr Ahearne joins Professor John Fitzgerald, Max Watson, Michael Soden, Des Geraghty and Professor Blanaid Clarke on the commission that replaces the former Central Bank board and will serve for four years.
Its other members include Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan, Financial Regulator Matthew Elderfield, head of the Central Bank Tony Grimes and Department of Finance secretary general Kevin Cardiff.
Mr Lenihan said Dr Ahearne was well qualified for the position. "I have no doubt that his appointment will prove invaluable in the coming months and years," he added.
Dr Ahearne worked as the minister's special adviser from March 2009, advising on economic, budgetary and financial policy.
He previously lectured in economics at the JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Dr Ahearne is a non-resident fellow at Bruegel and is a research associate at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin.