Speakers at the Official Launch of The Governance Code for Ireland's Community, Voluntary and Charity Sector: Dublin - 28 June 2012

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Code launched by: Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD.

Phil Hogan was first elected to the Dáil in 1989 and has been successfully elected in all subsequent elections. He is one of Fine Gael’s most well-known politicians and was the Party’s Spokesman for Environment, Heritage & Local Government in the 30th Dáil. He was also Fine Gael’s National Director of Elections in the 2011 Election.

Phil Hogan served as Minister for State in Department of Finance in the last Fine Gael Government at a time where job growth was at an all time high.

In Fine Gael, he has held a vast array of positions including Parliamentary Party Chairman, Director of Organisation, Enterprise Spokesman as well as Consumer Affairs, Regional Affairs and Food Industry positions. Phil Hogan served as a Senator from 1987 – 1989.  He is a graduate of University College Cork (BA, HDipEd)

Keynote Speaker: Emily O'Reilly, Ombudsman.

On 11 June 2009, Emily O'Reilly was appointed to a second six year term as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner by the President, Mrs Mary McAleese, at a ceremony in Áras an Úachtaráin.

As Ombudsman, Ms O'Reilly is also an ex-officio member of the Standards in Public Office Commission, the Referendum Commission, the Constituency Commission and the Commission for Public Service Appointments. 

In May 2007, following the introduction of the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations which transposed Directive 2003/4/EC into Irish law, Ms O'Reilly was assigned the additional role of Commissioner for Environmental Information.

Prior to her initial appointment as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner in June 2003, Ms O'Reilly was an accomplished journalist and author whose roles included many years as a political correspondent with prominent print and broadcasting media.

She is a native of Tullamore, Co Offaly and is married with five children. Ms O'Reilly is a graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.

She was also the recipient of a Niemann Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University, Cambridge, U.S.A.  In December 2008 Ms O'Reilly was awarded a Doctor of Laws by the National University of Ireland in recognition of her contribution to public service and to human rights.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Kelly, Chairman of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland.

The aim of CGAI is to develop stronger corporate governance in Ireland and through its membership it seeks to influence, educate and support others in the dissemination and implementation of best practice governance standards. Its membership comprises holders of the UCD Post-Grad Diploma in Corporate Governance or equivalent qualification.

A former Secretary General of the Department of Health and later, Chair of the Higher Education Authority, he now practices as a Principal with Empeira Corporate Governance Advisors.

As a founding member of the Chairs Forum and as Non Executive Director on a number of boards spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors, Michael Kelly has extensive practical board-room experience and first hand knowledge of the challenges faced by boards and individual directors.

More information on the Governance Code at www.governancecode.ie