The recently announced appointment of a long standing Director of the EPA, however competent, to the top EPA post will mitigate against the implementation of the recommendations of the 2011 ‘Review of the Environmental Protection Agency'.

This review was a major achievement of the last Government and in fact even includes key recommendations for a review of the composition of the selection committee that recommended this appointment to the Minister. The Review was intended to ensure the independence and competence of the agency and it is worrying that this appointment for 7 years has been made by the Minister without any cognisance of the Review Groups' recommendations.'

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