The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ('the CCPC') was formed on 31 October 2014 following the amalgamation of the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency. On that day the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 came in to force. The CCPC has a new dual mandate to enforce competition and consumer protection law and we will build on the work of the legacy organisations to: protect and strengthen competition, empower consumers to make informed decisions and protect them from harmful business practices.
The CCPC is governed by an Executive Chairperson and Commission structure.
Isolde Goggin is the Chairperson of the CCPC. She also oversees the Legal Services Division, Legal Training & Development and the Organisation Development Unit. She was previously the Chairperson of the Irish Competition Authority, from October 2011 until October 2014. She took up her present responsibilities on 31 October 2014 upon the amalgamation of the Authority with the National Consumer Agency.
Isolde was appointed Member of the Competition Authority in July 2010 and was responsible for the Advocacy Division. From 2004 to 2006, she was Chairperson of Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation, and Commissioner from 2002 to 2004. Before joining ComReg, Isolde was Director of the Regulated Markets Division at the Competition Authority. She began her career in 1980 with Eircom (then Telecom Éireann) as an engineer, and later moved into business management and then regulation, working with Eircom, DG Information Society of the European Commission and Ericsson.
Isolde holds a First Class Honours engineering degree, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Competition Law, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.
Patrick Kenny is a Commissioner with the CCPC. As well as collegiate decision making with other Commissioners on all aspects of the organisation, he currently oversees the Competition Enforcement, Regulation & Advocacy, Mergers and Criminal Enforcement Divisions, as well as Special Projects.
He was first appointed as a Member of the Irish Competition Authority in January 2012 as Director of the Cartels Division. He is an economist. He took up his present responsibilities on 31 October 2014 upon the amalgamation of the Authority with the National Consumer Agency. Patrick previously worked at different times for the Commission for Communications Regulation, the European Commission, Arthur Andersen and the Competition Authority.
Fergal O’Leary is a Member of the CCPC. As well as collegiate decision making with the Chairperson and other Members on all aspects of the organisation, Fergal has responsibility at Commission level for the following Divisions: Communications and Market Insights, Consumer Enforcement and Corporate Services.
Fergal has extensive experience of consumer protection and competition issues. Prior to taking up his role as Member in July 2016, Fergal was the CCPC’s Director of Communications and Market Insights. He held a number of senior management roles in the National Consumer Agency (a legacy organisation of the CCPC), which he joined in 2008. Fergal was responsible for the NCA’s consumer research, policy analysis, communications, consumer helpline and financial education activities. From 2002 to 2008 Fergal was an energy analyst, examining Ireland’s energy use, in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Energy Policy Statistical Support Unit. Fergal started his career in regulatory compliance working for Esat.
Fergal holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from University College Cork and a Post Graduate Diploma in EU Competition Law from King’s College in London.
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