Two Donegal women were among the eight members appointed to the board of TG4 by the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte this week. Dunfanaghy native, Siún Ní Raghallaigh will chair the newly appointed board of which former SIPTU President Des Geraghty, Michelle Ní Chróinín, press and information officer at NUI Galway and Gaoth Dobhair native and national school principal, Mairead Nic Suibhne will be a member of.
In nominating the successful candidates, the Minister also had regard to the recommended nominees of the Joint Oireachtas Committee. Joe Connolly has been re-appointed to the board and will continue to serve with Pól Ó Gallchóir, Concubhar Ó’Liatháin and Rónán Ó’Coisdealbha.
Minister Rabbitte said that the Government was committed to continuing its support of the Irish language broadcasting sector and was extremely happy with the calibre of and credentials of those who have accepted appointment. The newly appointed Board chairperson Siún Ní Raghallaigh is a native speaker from Dunfanaghy, former Financial Controller of the Tribune Newspaper Group, and former Managing Director and Director of Marketing and Development at TG4. A film, television and video producer with experience in traditional and online media as well as the software industry. Siún worked with Tyrone Productions before establishing independent television company, ikandi productions. She is on the Board of the Galway Film Fleadh.
Mairead Nic Suibhne a native Irish speaker from Gaoth Dobhair. A graduate of Saint Patrick’s College/Dublin City University (DCU) she also holds a PGCE in Primary Education from Jordanhill College, Glasgow. She is Principal of Scoil Eoin Pol, Loch an Iúir. Mairead contested the 2009 council elections, having proved unsuccessful on that occasion, it is speculated that she may run again in 2014.