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Soon-to-be vacant position of HRI chair finally advertised on state website

Joe Keeling: outgoing HRI chairman
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The soon-to-be vacant position of chairperson of Horse Racing Ireland has been advertised for a first time on the state boards website.

Joe Keeling signalled his intent not to seek a second five-year term as chairman when he wrote to the minister for agriculture, Michael Creed, last July.

At the time, he recommended that the appointment of his successor would allow for a three-month transition period, whereby the new chairperson would shadow him before his March 18 departure, as had happened prior to his taking over from Denis Brosnan in 2013.

However, Friday is the first time the vacancy has been advertised on the website, and the delay prompted independent TD Clare Daly to ask written parliamentary questions of minister Creed.

Code of practice

On January 25, Daly asked if the website would be used to advertise the position in order to source expressions of interest and to ensure the process would be in compliance with the code of practice for the governance of state bodies.

The minister, who has complete discretion over the appointment, responded that the HRI board "has its own obligations in relation to compliance with corporate governance standards", and that his "department has arrangements in place to monitor the activities of state bodies and ensure compliance with the code of practice for the governance of state bodies".

The closing date for applications is Friday, March 2. Apart from "a clear understanding of the thoroughbred racing and breeding sector", candidates will be required to have experience in leadership, consensus building, strategic planning and corporate governance. 


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Joe Keeling signalled his intent not to seek a second five-year term as chairman when he wrote to the minister for agriculture, Michael Creed, in July
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