Dr Deiric O’Broin has been appointed as Chairperson of the Pobal Board by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring T.D.

Dr. O’Broin, has served as a member of the Board since 2013 and has worked in local economic and community development for over 25 years.

He is Chairperson of the All-Ireland Branch of the Institute of Economic Development, a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Branch of the International Regional Studies Association, an advisor to the Irish Social Enterprise Network and the Director of NorDubCo, a regional think tank based in Dublin City University. He is also an academic and lecturer with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

His experience with local economic and community development has included working with local communities, with local development agencies including LEADER, with Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and with local authorities.

Welcoming today’s appointment Pobal CEO Denis Leamy said: “I am delighted to welcome Deiric O’Broin as our new Chairperson. As a serving Board member since 2013, Deiric is no stranger to Pobal’s work and shares our vision that social inclusion and communities are at the centre of all that we do. I am confident that he will bring his lifelong dedication to the development and support of communities to the role, while ensuring that Pobal continues to provide an effective service for managing Government funding and providing supports to the most disadvantaged communities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Seamus Boland, the outgoing Chair who retires from the Board this month for his hard work, dedication and support of both the organisation and my own role as CEO. I would also like to offer my sincere thanks and best wishes to the other Board members who retired at the AGM.Denis Leamy, Pobal CEO”

Dr. O’Broin serves as Chair of the Ballymun Town Civic Alliance, as secretary of the North Dublin Chamber of Commerce as well as being a member of Dublin’s Local Community Development Committee and Social Enterprise Committee.

Dr. O’Broin said:”I am privileged to be nominated to Chair the Board of Pobal. As Chairperson, my approach will be to provide leadership and oversight of our future strategy and policies, in particular on implementing Government policy on social inclusion and early years. A key strategic priority for me will be ensuring that Pobal continues to deliver a highly efficient service for managing Government grants and payments to communities, one that is underpinned by high standards in accountability, in financial management, and in the support we provide to all those we work with.Dr Deiric O’Broin, Pobal Chairperson”

The Minister also announced the appointment of a number of new members to the Board of Pobal including:

  • John Curran, Donegal – Donegal Volunteer Centre
  • Niall Garvey, Clare – CEO of Muintir na Tire
  • Dr Breda McTaggart, Sligo – Head of Social Sciences Department, IT Sligo
  • Donna Creaven, Dublin – Governance, Compliance & Risk Manager, Student University Support Ireland (SUSI)
  • Dr Geraldine Robbins, Galway – Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Accountancy & Finance, NUI Galway
  • Fintan Breen, Limerick – National programme co-ordinator, LINC programme.

Siobhan McLaughlin, Liam Keane and Gerald Quain retired from the Pobal Board of Directors in October.