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Eamonn Brennan

Chief Executive

Eamonn Brennan is Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority with responsibility for the Safety and Security Regulation of Irish Civil Aviation and the provision of Air Navigation Services in Irish Controlled Airspace, North Atlantic Communications and Air Traffic Control at the major Irish Airports. 

Mr. Brennan was the Commercial Director of the Authority prior to his appointment as Chief Executive in 2003.

He was educated at St. Joseph's College and University College Galway where he graduated with a B. Comm.  He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  He then worked for a decade in executive and consulting roles in Ireland, UK, Malta and in South East Asia, mainly in the travel, aviation and tourism industries. He has an avid interest in aviation and has held a private pilot's licence and has enjoyed flying in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Malaysia.

As well as being a member of the Board of the IAA, Mr. Brennan is also a member of the Board of Aireon, a joint venture between the IAA, Iridium Communications Inc., Nav Canada, ENAV (Italy), and Naviair (Denmark), which was established to launch the world’s first satellite based air traffic surveillance system from 2017. He is also a member of the Board of Entry Point North, an international provider of Air Traffic Controller training services, in partnership with Naviair, LFV (Sweden) and Avinor (Norway).

He was Chairman of the Eurocontrol Chief Executive's Standing Conference 2004-2006 and Chairman of the Air Navigation Services Board of Eurocontrol 2006-2007.

He was a member of the Executive Board of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) from 2005 to 2011 and served as Global Deputy Chairman and Chairman for various periods.

He also served as Chairman of the COOPANS ATM Systems Group (Denmark, Sweden, Austria and Croatia) until 2010.


Maeve Hogan

Director Finance

Maeve Hogan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having trained and qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm Degree, followed by a Diploma in Professional Accounting from the Michael Smurfit Business School.

Maeve joined the IAA in 2002 as financial controller having previously worked in services and software industries.


Philip Hughes

Director Technology & Training

Philip Hughes is a graduate of UCD and qualified as a chartered accountant with Stokes Kennedy Crowley. He joined the IAA in 1994 as Head of Internal Audit having previously worked in the food and manufacturing industries.

Philip is currently IAA Director Technology and Training with responsibility for ATM Systems, ATC College and Business IT systems.


Ralph James

Director Safety Regulation

Ralph James joined the Irish Aviation Authority in May 2015 as Director Safety Regulation, having formally served as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Irish Defence Forces. He also served as General Officer Commanding the Irish Air Corps and Director of Military Aviation.

Ralph graduated from the 47th Command and Staff Course in the Military College in 1990 and from the University of Glamorgan in 1995 with a BA (hons) Business Studies degree. He is a qualified flight instructor and an approved rating examiner with over 5,500 flying hours’ experience. He has flown a variety of aircraft types across operational and training roles, including maritime patrol and Ministerial air transport.


Brendan Mulligan

Director Human Resources

Mr. Brendan Mulligan joined the Irish Aviation Authority in March 2010 as Director Human Resources.

He was previously Head of Corporate Employee Relations with the Health Service Executive. He formerly held senior management positions in Iarnrod Eireann both in operations and human resources.

Brendan holds a B.A. in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the National College of Ireland, an MSc in Human Resource Management from Sheffield Hallam University, UK and a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Directors in Ireland.


Peter Kearney

Director ATM Operation & Strategy

Peter holds a Masters in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics from Cranfield University, Bsc (hons) Business Management from Trinity College Dublin and a Hdip in Hotel Management from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Peter has 17 years aviation experience with the IAA as an air traffic controller, Manager and since 2012 as Director of Operations and Strategy. During this time Peter has represented the IAA at international fora including ICAO, CANSO, and EUROCONTROL.

With a keen interest in aviation Peter is a qualified helicopter pilot and is also a board member of the Irish Historic Flight Foundation, a charity whose aim is to preserve and restore aircraft with historic importance to Ireland. Prior to joining the IAA in 1998, Peter worked in the Hospitality Industry.


Aideen Gahan

Company Secretary

Aideen Gahan is a solicitor and the IAA's company secretary.

She trained in University College Dublin and the Incorporated Law Society and advises the Authority on legal issues.


Donal Handley

Head of Corporate Affairs

Donal Handley joined the IAA in 2004 and has worked in a variety of roles in areas such as Functional Airspace Blocks, communications, stakeholder relations, strategic activities, commercial management, and airline customer relations.

He is a graduate of UCD, having completed a Masters in European Economic and Public Affairs (M.Econ.Sc).

Prior to joining the IAA, Donal previously held posts in other air transport companies including the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and in Aer Lingus

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