Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson Timmy Dooley TD has welcomed the appointment of Liz O’Donnell as Chairperson Designate of the Road Safety Authority. Ms O’Donnell will take over the role from Gay Byrne, who held the position for the past 8 years.
Deputy Dooley commented, “I congratulate Liz O’Donnell on her nomination as Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority. It is an extremely important and challenging role but her experience in politics and public affairs will serve her well as she takes on this demanding post. Ms. O’Donnell is taking up the reins at a particularly difficult time, in the face of increasing road deaths. It is especially worrying to see the number of children dying on our roads doubling this year.
“I want to pay tribute to the former Chairperson Gay Byrne. His passion, dedication and pride in the role was evident from the beginning. While outspoken in his quest to improve road safety standards, his dedication to the cause was unquestionable.
“Despite the progress made by Gay Byrne and the Road Safety Authority, there is still much work to be done. Enforcement remains a key factor in improving driver, cyclist and pedestrian behaviour. I wish Liz O’Donnell every success in her new venture and I am confident that she will receive the full support of the Oireachtas Transport Committee during her tenure as Chairperson”.