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Dr Ciara McMahon appointed as a director of EPA

Dr Ciara McMahon has been appointed as one of the five directors of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

It comes after the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Eamon Ryan TD secured government approval for the appointment.

She takes up the position with immediate effect.

Dr McMahon previously held the position of programme manager in the agency’s office of radiation protection and environmental monitoring, focussing on the area of environment and health.

She has a wide range of national, EU and international experience and specialist knowledge in radiological and environmental protection with over 20 years’ experience in areas including emergency preparedness, environmental surveillance, radiation monitoring, citizen science, radon and air quality.

Dr McMahon has represented the agency on the government taskforce on emergency planning and also worked at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Announcing the appointment, Minister Ryan said: “Ciara has a proven track record as a public servant committed to the protection of our environment.

“She will bring a broad range of experience, gained at a national, EU and international level, to the executive board of the Agency.

“I am confident that Ciara will make a valuable contribution to the work of the agency and in addressing the many challenges ahead.”