Dee Forbes is the Director-General of RTÉ. She has been in the position since 2016 and will remain so until July of 2023.

Sport has been well served under her leadership with this month’s FIFA World Cup the latest major tournament for which the schedules have been cleared to facilitate live coverage of every kick of the ball.

Earlier this year the same was the case for the UEFA Women’s Euro Finals. Her final round of media rights negotiation with the GAA has also led to RTÉ retaining Championship coverage and expanding the remit of the GAAGo service which is a market-leading partnership between the broadcaster and the sport.

She has overseen the return to free-to-air coverage of Rugby in a manner perhaps unimagined only a few short years ago and in a partnership manner, sharing rights with Virgin Media and TG4.

Throughout what will be a seven-year tenure, Forbes has always been a great supporter of sport and an unequivocal backer of RTÉ’s commitment to Women’s sport.

See who else has been named on the list alongside Dee Forbes by clicking on the image below.




This is the tenth edition of our Sport for Business listing of 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport.

Read more about the list and nominate who you think should be a part of it in 2022.

We are proud to do so again this year with AIG, an organisation that has pledged its commitment to equality in its partnerships with Gaelic Games, Tennis, Golf and more, for whom “Effort is Equal” and with whom we have ambitious plans to extend the reach of this annual celebration of the Women who are making a difference.

This year’s list will be drawn as before from the worlds of leadership, partnership, storytelling and performance.

We began this journey in 2013 when challenged that we would never be able to produce a list of twenty Influential Women in Irish Sport. The 20 stretched to 30, then 40 and 50 and it still does not do justice to the talent that is out there.

This year once more, to keep things fresh we will introduce at least 30 per cent of fresh names from last year. That will be the hardest part to have some names replaced but if it was too easy it would be of less value.

The list we will build over the coming weeks is a snapshot of those women who are making a mark on how sport is played, consumed, grown and delivered.

They are part of making the role of women in sport unexceptional by being exceptional in what they do.