Departure of Galway 2020 CEO

Three months after the project lost its creative director, Galway 2020 chairwoman Aideen McGinley announced yesterday that Hannah Kiely was stepping down as CEO and that Mark O’Donnell has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Pearce Doherty has been appointed Head of Production. Following controversy over the handling of the post of business engagement director a number of city councillors expressed concern about the €46m project which is already facing funding shortfalls. Last month an EU monitoring report had raised very serious concerns about the project’s progress including delays, cultural leadership and roles and relationships.