Minister English appoints Professor Jane Ohlmeyer as Chair of the Irish Research Council

The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, TD has announced the appointment of Professor Jane Ohlmeyer as the new Chair of the Irish Research Council. Professor Ohlmeyer is the Erasmus Smith Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub.  She was a driving force behind the establishment of the Long Room Hub, which promotes multi-disciplinary research, and of the 1641 Depositions Project, which is now a European flagship initiative. She was also the first Vice-President for Global Relations ever appointed in TCD.

Minister English also announced five other appointments to the Council –

  • Dr. Felicity Kelliher, Senior Lecturer in Management and Co-Chair of the RIKON research group, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)
  • Professor Rob Kitchin, the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth University (MU)
  • Professor Eithne McCabe, School of Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Professor Emma Teeling, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Dr. Yvonne Traynor, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Kerry Group.

Welcoming the appointment of Professor Ohlmeyer, Minister English said: “Professor Ohlmeyer has an extensive and internationally renowned research track record. I am confident that the Council’s researchers will continue to make a vital contribution not alone to Ireland’s knowledge economy, but their excellent research across all disciplines impacts in so many different ways on our lives and society. I would like to thank the outgoing Chair, Professor Orla Feely, for her dedication in the role and wish Professor Ohlmeyer and the other appointees every success”.

Speaking about her appointment, Professor Ohlmeyer said: “I am honoured to be appointed Chair of the Irish Research Council. I relish the opportunity to promote research excellence in Ireland, to advocate for innovation and creativity in research, along with its relevance to Irish society, and to serve as an ambassador for all disciplines, from archaeology to zoology”.

Professor Ohlmeyer and the new members join the five re-appointed members of the Council.

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