Orgainsation and Board

Our People


Irish Light’s statutory duties

The Commissioners of Irish Lights is vested under Section 634 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 with the responsibility for superintendence and management of all lighthouses and other aids to navigation for Ireland (North and South) and the adjacent seas and islands. 

The Merchant Shipping Act 1995 Section 195 (1) empowers us with the same function for Northern Ireland and adjacent seas and islands.

Aids to navigation: We are responsible for discharging the Irish Government's obligations under the SOLAS Convention 1974 to provide marine aids to navigation (AtoN) in the Republic of Ireland and the UK government’s SOLAS obligations to provide marine AtoN in Northern Ireland.

Aids to navigation are provided to standards set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).

Wrecks: We have responsibility for marking and removing wrecks in the Republic of Ireland under the Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act 1993, Part IV and in Northern Ireland under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, Section 253(1). 

 

Funding of service

We are funded from three sources:

  • Light dues are collected from commercial ships arriving into Irish and UK ports and paid into the General Lighthouse Fund (GLF) for the UK and Ireland.  The Revenue Commissioners Customs & Excise division collect the light dues in the Republic of Ireland and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has this responsibility for Northern Ireland.
  • The Irish Government contribute to the fund under a forumla agreed between the Irish and UK governments.
  • Funds generated by our commercial activities.

 

Our Board

The Board meets eight times a year to review and update its strategies and to oversee the effective and efficient operation of the organisation.  From 2013, new Commissioners will be appointed for a five year term with the possibility of a renewal for another five years.  Appointement of new Comissioners to fill vacant positions is advertised in the national press in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Such appointments are subject to negative resolution by An Taoiseach.  Commissioners do not receive any remuneration for their services.

  • John Coyle

    John Coyle (Chairman)

    John was appointed a Commissioner in 2008 and was appointed Vice Chairman in mid-2014 He is a businessman who studied Economics and Business Studies in UCD and the College d’Europe, Bruges. His business interests in the Republic of Ireland and the UK include agrichemicals, property, Renvyle House Hotel and ships agency. His involvement in voluntary organisations at local, national and international level has included President of Chambers Ireland and Vice-President Eurochambres. The sailing bodies of which he is a member include GBSC, ICC and Les Frères de la Côte. John’s maritime interests include: former Chairman of Galway Harbour Commissioners; City of Galway Shipping Co., and Trustee of the RNLI.

  • Kieran Crowley

    Kieran Crowley (Vice Chairman)

    Kieran is a business consultant and a non-executive director of companies in services, property and banking. A chartered accountant, he completed the Chartered Director programme of the Institute of Directors. He is an expert in management information systems in complex environments and is a former director of AIB Group plc. Kieran brings experience in embedding risk-based approaches from serving on several Audit and Risk committees. He serves on several Nominations and Governance Committees with a focus on improving board performance. He was a co-owner of the Irish operations of Dyno-Rod, the drain clearing company, for 25 years. He is an advocate for small enterprises and their role in the economy. Kieran served as Chairman of the Small Firms Association for six years to 2002, working closely with State departments and agencies and has addressed conferences throughout Europe.

  • David Delamer

    David Delamer

    David was appointed a Commissioner in 2005 and became Chairman in mid-2014. He was Chair of the Joint Strategic Board of the three General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland from 2012 to mid-2014. He is the Managing Director of Technico, a company specialising in solutions for the Irish telecoms industry. He has worked with the company for 30 years in Ireland, and on contract to Alcatel, located in Vienna and Paris. David is a Trustee of the RNLI and Chairman of the RNLI Council for Ireland. He is a member of the Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin. He was a founding Trustee and Chairman of Bracken Hill School Charitable Trust, Howth. He was a director and the Safety Officer for the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland. A sailor since childhood, he has a lifetime enthusiasm for the sea, sailing all manner of dinghies and yachts, both locally and overseas.

  • Michael Maclaran

    Michael Maclaran

    Michael was appointed a Commissioner in 1978 and served as Chairman from 1999 to 2001. After an education at Marlborough and Trinity College Dublin, he worked in the shipping and transport business. He is a Deputy Lieutenant and acted as Honorary Consul in Belfast for Denmark, Sweden and Iceland. He is a Chartered Shipbroker and a member of the Institute of Freight Forwarders. He was President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry. His interests include information technology and navigation of inland waterways of Europe.

  • Sheila Tyrrell

    Sheila Tyrrell

    Sheila was appointed a Commissioner in 1994 and was Chairman from 2010 until mid-2014. Sheila has been a director of the family business, Arklow Shipping, since 1969. She is a Fellow and past Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, and was a director of B&I Line from 1980 to 1992. She lives in Arklow and is a keen sailor. She is Chair of Sail Training Ireland, which was established to develop a national sail training programme for the island of Ireland.

  • Liz Shanks

    Liz Shanks

    Liz’s early working life was spent in advertising and publicity. In 1997, after 24 years’ service, she retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander from the Royal Naval Reserve. She is a Board member and an Audit Committee member of a housing association in Belfast. She serves on the Council for the NI War Memorial. She was formerly a co-owner of a company that supplied and distributed fluid measuring equipment. Liz recently retired as Chair of the Ladies Committee of the Commandery of Ards and was Chairman of a naval charity and the Decorative & Fine Arts Society (DFAS) in Ulster. She is the Secretary of DFAS and Hon. Secretary of the Arts Society of Ulster. She is a member of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club and part-owner of a Fairy 1 design keelboat.

  • Mark Barr

    Mark Barr

    Mark is a solicitor and partner with the Dublin law firm, Arthur Cox, where he is head of the Property Department and a member of the Management Committee. His field of expertise is commercial real estate, including the purchase, sale and financing of commercial property on behalf of institutional investors and/or owner-occupiers. He also represents a number of public sector bodies in relation to their real-estate requirements. An active sailor for over 40 years, Mark has extensive cruising experience on all coasts of Ireland and the west coast of Scotland. He is a member of the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and of Clifden Boat Club.

  • Donal O'Mahony

    Donal O'Mahony

    Donal is a Professor of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) where he leads the Networks & Telecommunications Research Group (NTRG). This group is active in exploring topics relating to the future of the Internet, including computer and network security. He has written two books and over 100 papers, published in international journals and conferences, and produced a number of patents. In 2004, he founded the CTVR telecommunications research centre which acted as the catalyst for the establishment of Bell Labs Ireland. He is a fellow of TCD (2000) and a Fulbright Fellow (1999). Donal is active in technology entrepreneurship and has founded and assisted Internet start-up companies as well as teaching undergraduate courses on High Tech Venture Creation. He is a keen sailor, qualified to Yachtmaster Coastal level, and an active member of the Sailing in Dublin Club.

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Councillor Mannix Flynn

    Councillor Mannix Flynn

    Mannix Flynn is an Irish Artist and politician. His work in the Arts includes the novel Nothing to Say (1983), which has been translated into German, Italian and Polish and the play James X which won Best New Play at the Irish Times / ESB Theatre Award in 2003, as well a series of visual Installations and “Extallations” presented in Dublin and around the country. In politics, Mannix was elected for the second time in May 2014 to serve as an Independent Councillor on Dublin City Council for the Dublin South–East constituency.

  •  Councillor Ciarán Cuffe

    Councillor Ciarán Cuffe

    Ciarán Cuffe is an architect and planner. He lectures in urban planning and regeneration in the Dublin Institute of Technology. He was nominated as a Commissioner by Dublin City Council in 2013, having previously served from 23 July 1999 to 28 February 2003. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He represented the Dún Laoghaire constituency as a TD from 2002 to 2011 and was Minister of State with responsibility for Sustainable Transport and Travel in 2010-2011. He has a keen interest in heritage. He is an enthusiastic Glen sailor and holds a Yachtmaster certificate."

Chief Executive and Management Team

  • Yvonne Shields

    Yvonne Shields (Chief Executive)

    Yvonne joined as Chief Executive in August 2011. She has worked in the marine sector in Ireland for 19 years, previously as Director of Strategic Planning and Development in the Marine Institute and before that held various roles in the public, not for profit and private sector in marine tourism, aquaculture sector and in forestry. She has a Masters in Environmental Science from TCD, an MBA from DCU and has completed a Chartered Directors Programme with the Institute of Directors. She is a Council Member of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities, a Director of SmartBay Ireland Ltd, a member of the European Strategic Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy Oceans and previously held various Board and advisory positions in Ireland and internationally.

  • John Burke

    John Burke (Director of Technology and Data Services)

    John joined the Commissioners of Irish Lights as Head of Information Systems in 2000 and was appointed Director of Technology and Data Services in 2012. The Technology and Data Services team manage the communications networks that allow Irish Lights to provide the most cost effective mix of traditional and electronic aids to navigation for the mariner. The networks and systems provide the backbone for the delivery of the Differential GPS positioning service and the monitoring and remote control of both Irish Lights and third party aids to navigation and infrastructure. We deliver e-Navigation technologies and data services including MetOcean to improve safety at sea and provide value added services to our stakeholders and customers.

  • Robert McCabe

    Robert McCabe (Director of Operations and Navigation Services )

    Robert has worked in the Commissioners of Irish Lights since 1985 and held a number of management roles in the former Marine department. Robert was appointed Director of Operations and Navigation Services (ONS) in 2012. The Operations and Navigation Services team plan and deliver the Aids to Navigation provided on the Irish coast. The mix and number of lighthouses, buoys, and other aids to navigation required is decided based on user advice and international standards. Modern technologies such as LED lights and solar power are used to deliver the aids in a cost effective way that meets the needs of mariners and those who fund our organisation.

  • Hugh Roe

    Hugh Roe (Director of Corporate Services)

    Hugh joined Irish Lights in November 2012 having held a number of senior management roles in the private sector across a number of industry areas. Hugh heads up the Corporate Services team which provides financial guidance and support to the organisation, our stakeholders and customers and our two sponsoring government departments. Corporate Services is divided into three main areas: Finance, Legal & Insurance and Procurement. Our core responsibilities include financial management, corporate governance, commercial decision support, audit & legal, strategy & planning, procurement and administration.

Irish Lights Committees

  • A number of committees advise the Board on strategic issues and compliance with best-practice corporate governance. Each committee is advisory, with no executive powers.

    Nominations Committee – nominates individuals to be considered for election as Commissioners and appointment to the Board.

    Audit & Risk Committee – reviews the effectiveness of the internal control systems, including corporate governance, in conjunction with the Accounting Officer.

    Remuneration Committee – determines remuneration for the Chief Executive and Directors, and the policy remuneration for the organisation.

    Corporate Management Committee – considers future strategic direction, corporate plan, annual budget and financial management issues.

    Inspecting Committee – one or two inspections take place annually to consider policy and safety issues relating to stations, ensure that AtoN provided are commensurate with the amount of traffic and degree of risk, and review proposed capital / maintenance programmes.

Organisation structure

The effective and economic delivery of our new strategy required a new organisational structure and approach. Since January 2013 we have operated a new structure focused on:

  • individual and collective accountability
  • delivery of results
  • value for money

Our workforce rapidly embraced the new structure.  We recognise that our continued success depends on the commitment and dedication of employees.

Three Service Departments were established:

  • Operations & Navigation Services – navigation policy and delivery of user services
  • Technology & Data Services – delivery of internal and external data services and e-Navigation, and development of next-generation navigation and safety services
  • Corporate Services – corporate governance, financial management, procurement, commercial services decision support

Two Special Purpose Units were also established:

  • Human Resources – resourcing, training and supporting our employees
  • Commercial Services – delivery of increased commercial revenues, expanding commercial and value-added services

 

Overview of the Irish Lights organisation structure

 

Strategy Org Structure

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