Michael Hand and John Fitzgerald discuss the Masterplan
Mr. John Fitzgerald has just finished his tenure as Chairman of the Grangegorman Development Agency. Mr. Fitzgerald has been heading up the Agency since its establishment in 2006 and has led the way through many stormy waters as well as great achievements. It is fitting that the an Bord Pleanala approval of the Planning Scheme was his last achievement as Chairman.
As a former Dublin City Manager Mr. Fitzgerald was not only very familiar with Grangegorman but was an advocate of the project long before 2006. As Chairman he has always provided a cool and knowledgeable leadership that has ensured that even when it seemed the project’s future was uncertain, the Agency stayed the course and kept the project alive.
Under the provisions of the GDA Act 2005 the Chairperson can only serve a maximum of two terms, and having fulfilled this Mr. Fitzgerald said he is leaving with plenty to do. He wished the project well on his last day and said that he would certainly be keeping a close eye on how it proceeds.
Speaking on Mr. Fitzgerald’s departure Michael Hand expressed his gratitude to the chairman for his contribution to Grangegorman. He said “On behalf of everyone in the GDA I would like to take this opportunity to wish John all the very best for the future and to thank him for the immense work and the invaluable leadership he has provided to the Agency and the project. It will be sorely missed.”
The Minister for Education and Skills will appoint a new Chairperson shortly.