Ruth Heads Fáilte Ireland

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, has announced the appointment of Ruth Andrews as the new chairperson of the National Tourism Development Authority (Fáilte Ireland).

Minister Martin said:

“I want to congratulate Ruth on her appointment and to wish her well in this critical role in the years ahead. Her commitment to Irish tourism is known to all within the sector, and I believe that she is very well placed to lead the Board of Fáilte Ireland in these critical coming years for the recovery and sustainable development of Irish tourism.”

CEO of Fáilte Ireland Paul Kelly welcomed the appointment. He said:

“Ruth has a renowned track record of strong leadership and expertise in the tourism industry spanning over 35 years. Her vast sectoral experience will be of immense value to the Authority and the Fáilte Ireland Executive Team. Our work is focused on optimising the economic, social, cultural and environmental contribution of tourism across Ireland, and I look forward to working closely with Ruth and the Authority as we support businesses on the ground to help drive growth sustainably.”

The appointment, for a term of five years, follows a public call for applications on the State Board’s website, and an assessment process managed by the Public Appointments Service.