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Well known Newry Businessman Dr Gerard O'Hare has been appointed Chair of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Board.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon made the announcement at the weekend and his appointment will begin in February 2021.

Dr Gerard O'Hare. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Dr Gerard O'Hare. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Dr O’Hare is currently Managing Director of The Parker Green Group. He also is a current Non Executive Member on the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, and his second term will finish early 2021.

Commenting on the appointment Minister Mallon said “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Gerard O’Hare to this important post. Brexit will bring new opportunities and challenges for Warrenpoint Harbour Authority and I am confident that Gerard’s experience will be of significant benefit to the work of the board, in his role as Chair.”

The appointment will take effect from 1 February 2021 and will be for a maximum of four years.

Minister Mallon went on to say “I want to take this opportunity to put on record my thanks to the outgoing Chair, Stanley McIlvenny: his contribution has been invaluable to WHA during his tenure.”

The WHA Board currently have a membership of a Chair, two Executive Members, three Non-Executive Members and three Councillor Non-Executive Members. The Chair of the WHA Board currently receives remuneration of £22,854 per annum.

Welcoming the appointment David Holmes, CEO Warrenpoint Harbour Authority said, “As a local person, we have no doubt that Dr Gerard O’ Hare will be an asset to the Port. We look forward to getting to know him and to working with him going forward. I know he brings a wealth of experience to the role and he will be made very welcome in February 2021.”

Paying tribute to the current Chair David Holmes said “In the meantime we have a significant amount of work to do in relation to Brexit and Covid recovery as well as day to day operations; supporting our customers; and building on our relationships in the local community. We are incredibly grateful for everything that Stan McIlvenny has brought to the Port as Chair of the Board.

“We have no doubt his support will continue to be invaluable as we navigate the next couple of months. He will be a significant miss to the team when he steps down next February but we deeply appreciate his effort and commitment up until that time.”

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