Feargal Ó Coigligh has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the Department of Tourism, Arts, Culture, the Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, replacing Katherine Licken who is retiring from the civil service.

Ó Coigligh is joining from his previous position as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with responsibility for housing policy and co-ordinating Housing-for-All.

Prior to that he had responsibility for water services, including Uisce Éireann.

Cían Ó Lionáin remains the Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for the Sport and Tourism divisions.

The new Secretary General was Assistant Secretary for Culture and Arts from 2015 to 2018 where he oversaw the Decade of Centenaries including the successful Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Prior to that he had responsibility for Heritage policy, including the National Parks and Wildlife Service. He is a fluent Irish speaker.

“I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Mr Ó Coigligh to the role of Secretary General at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media,” said Minister Catherine Martin.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Feargal in continuing the important work of this Department, which plays a key role in leading the sustainable development of Tourism, Culture, Arts, the Gaeltacht, Sport, and the Media. These sectors play a crucial role in building social progress, and enhancing wellbeing, and cultural and economic growth across Irish society.”

“And I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution made by Secretary General Katherine Licken, who retires from the civil service later this week. Throughout her distinguished civil service career, Katherine has displayed deft leadership and professional insight. I have greatly appreciated Katherine’s support and advice over the past number of years, and I wish her the very best for the future.”


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