Former courts chief gets financial watchdog role
THE former chief executive of the Courts Service, PJ Fitzpatrick, has been appointed Financial Services Ombudsman for an interim period, writes Charlie Weston.
The move follows the retirement of Joe Meade from the position on January 2.
Mr Meade had criticised the fact that no replacement for him had been appointed despite having given three months' notice of his intention to retire.
Mr Meade said it would be well into this year before a new ombudsman was in place.
In the meantime, Mr Fitzpatrick will carry out the functions of Financial Services Ombudsman. Mr Fitzpatrick was the first person to hold the position of head of the Courts Service. He managed the establishment of the Courts Service as a new and independent statutory agency.
He previously held the position of chief executive officer of the Eastern Health Board.
Some 60 people have applied for the position of ombudsman. However, interviews have not yet been held for the post.
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