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Ministers Smith and Killeen Announce Appointment of New Chairperson for Marine Institute

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD and the Minister of State, Tony Killeen TD announce the appointment of Mr Jim Fennell as Chairperson of the Marine Institute (M.I.). Mr Fennell's appointment commenced on 27 November 2008.

Minister Smith said: "I am pleased that Mr Fennell has accepted this appointment as he brings with him the experience gained over many years working both in the private and public sectors. I have no doubt Mr Fennell will quickly gain a full understanding of the issues facing the Marine Institute and recognise the pivotal position it holds in the context of the fishing industry. I wish him all the best in his endeavours."

Minister Killeen said: "Mr Fennell is very well respected within his profession, a reputation he has earned through hard work and achievement. His track record in developing Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology to where it is today speaks for itself. He now faces a new and challenging role with the Marine Institute. He brings with him the essential experience and knowledge necessary to lead and support the delivery of the diverse programme of work associated with the Institute. This work is vital in ensuring the long term sustainable and prosperous future for the fishing industry and I have no doubt Jim is keenly looking forward to the challenges ahead."

Date Released: 04 December 2008