Fergal O’Leary appointed Member of the CCPC
July 27, 2016
Fergal O’Leary has been appointed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD as a Member of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Mr O’Leary’s appointment follows the completion of an open Public Appointments Service competition and is for a term of five years. As part of his new role, Mr. O’Leary will oversee the Consumer Enforcement Division and the Communications and Market Insights Division.
Mr O’Leary has extensive experience of consumer protection and competition issues. He has held a number of management roles relating to consumer research, policy analysis, financial education and communications in the National Consumer Agency (NCA), which he joined in 2008 following six years in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Energy Policy Statistical Support Unit. Following the NCA’s amalgamation with the Competition Authority in October 2014, to form the CCPC, Mr O’Leary was appointed Director of Communications and Market Insights.
Mr O Leary 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.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr O’Leary said, “I am very proud to be taking on this role and I look forward to working with the Chairperson, Members and staff of the CCPC in the coming years. I believe that the combination of our economy-wide remit and our dedicated, expert staff can increasingly make a real impact in making markets work better for consumers and businesses in Ireland”.
An Executive Chairperson and four Commission Members govern the CCPC. The Chairperson and Members form a collegiate decision-making Commission for key statutory decisions in addition to having individual whole time executive responsibilities. The organisation has a broad mandate, with statutory responsibility for the enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws and it works to make markets work better for consumers and businesses in Ireland.
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