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Peter Kearney

Peter Kearney

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Kearney was appointed as Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) in June 2018.  A State-owned company, the IAA is the Irish civil aviation safety regulator and air navigation services provider (ANSP).  Placing innovation at the core of his leadership, Peter is keen to ensure that the IAA delivers best in class service to its customers and stakeholders and is regarded as a leader in the Irish aviation sector and amongst small to medium Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs).


Prior to being promoted to this role, Peter held a number of positions within the IAA.  As Director of ATM Operations and Strategy between 2012 and 2018, Peter was responsible for all aspects of the IAA’s commercial ANSP business.  In this role, Peter ensured that the IAA continued to deliver a safe, high quality service whilst also growing the IAA’s commercial revenue in a sustainable manner.


Peter has worked with the IAA since 1998, holding various management positions and also working initially as an Air Traffic Controller.  He has a strong interest in innovation in ATM, being a key advocate of the IAA’s successful Remote Towers Project (which won the Single European Sky Award in 2017) and being heavily involved in Aireon, the IAA’s investment in the world’s first satellite based air traffic surveillance system.


Committed to strategic collaboration, Peter has been a strong supporter of COOPANS, the IAA’s world leading partnership with Naviair, LFV, AustroControl, Croatia Control and now Nav Portugal.  He is currently Chairman of the COOPANS Alliance.  Peter has represented the IAA and Ireland at a range of European and international fora, including ICAO, CANSO, EUROCONTROL and EASA and in negotiations with the European Commission.  


Peter holds a Masters in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics from Cranfield University and a BSc. (hons) Business Management from Trinity College Dublin.  Peter is also a graduate of Harvard Business School.


Peter has a PhD in Future Air Traffic Management Systems. His PhD research focussed on the design and deployment of advanced ATM systems to ensure enhanced safety and efficiency of the air traffic management system by placing the air traffic controller at the heart of the design.


With a keen interest in aviation Peter is a qualified helicopter pilot.

Diarmuid O Conghaile

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile

Aviation Regulator

Diarmuid Ó Congahile is Aviation Regulator and Chief Executive Officer Designate of the Irish Aviation Authority.

Prior to this appointment, he was CEO of the Ryanair Group airline Malta Air. Previous appointments include Director of Public Affairs, Ryanair; General Manager – Strategy, Planning & Economic Regulation, Dublin Airport Authority; Head of Regulatory and International Affairs, An Post – the Irish national postal service.

Diarmuid’s academic background is economics (Trinity College Dublin) and European competition law (King’s College London). Following qualification, he worked in a number of governmental organisations and public advisory bodies, including the Department of Enterprise, National Economic and Social Forum, the National Competitiveness Council, and the European Commission.

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.

Brendan Mulligan

Director Human Resources

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

He was previously Assistant Chief Executive of the Health Service Employers Agency with particular responsibility for Industrial Relations. Following the formation of the Health Service Executive the Agency was subsumed into the Executive where he was appointed Head of Corporate Employee Relations. 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.

Billy Hann

Billy Hann

Director of ATM Operations and Strategy

Billy began his career with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) in 1994 providing engineering support services to Air Traffic Control. In his 25 years working for the IAA he has held several senior management roles and was subsequently appointed as the Director of ATM Operations and Strategy. Billy is responsible for leading a highly professional multi-disciplined team in delivering a safe, world leading communications and air traffic service in National and International airspace.

Billy graduated in 1993 with a primary degree in Electronic Engineering and went on to complete an MSc in Operations management from Dublin City University. He also completed an MSc in Executive leadership from Ulster University.

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.

Paul Brandon

Paul Brandon

Head of Corporate Affairs

Paul Brandon is a graduate of UCD (Masters Agribusiness) and joined the IAA in 2016, having previously worked in the agri-food and energy industries.  He is a qualified project manager and also has a diploma in regulatory governance and oversight from UCD.  Having initially worked in the IAA’s Operations directorate, Paul has been Head of Corporarte Affairs since September 2018.  

Paul works closely with the Chief Executive on IAA strategy and is responsible for all communications and PR for the IAA.  He oversees the IAA’s Property and Security functions and leads the IAA’s international activities.  He also manages interactions with key stakeholders across the range of IAA functions.