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loses second chief executive in 15 months
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner, Thursday, October 06, 2011
THE ADOPTION Authority has lost its second chief executive in just over
a year after Elizabeth Canavan resigned just five months in the job.
Ms Canavan’s predecessor John Collins left as chief of the then
Adoption Board in July of last year and was not replaced until last
April, when Ms Canavan took over.
She is not the only person to have left the Adoption Authority since it
replaced the Adoption Board in November of last year.
In January, it was confirmed that two members, Dr Helen Greally and
medical practitioner Dr Cyril McNulty, had already stood down.
Dr Greally resigned prior to the authority coming into force, while Dr
McNulty resigned for personal reasons. It is understood that neither of
these people have since been replaced.
Ms Canavan is leaving to take up the position of assistant secretary at
the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
Geoffrey Shannon, the chairman of the Adoption Authority, said that the
appointment, while disappointing for staff and the board of the
authority, was acknowledged as a tribute to the very high regard in
which Ms Canavan is held in the field of child welfare.
"Ms Canavan has wide experience across the children’s agenda and
that experience has obviously been recognised in this new appointment.
She has had considerable impact on the authority in the time she has
been with us, strengthening strategic planning and putting in train the
internal organisational change required by the Adoption Act, 2010."
Mr Shannon acknowledged that Ms Canavan will continue to play an
important role in adoption policy which will be an integral part of her
new remit as assistant secretary in the department.
"The authority is pleased that Ms Canavan will continue to have a
key role in the adoption area. While the authority has an independent
role, the authority and the Department share a number of objectives.
"Ms Canavan’s new position, combined with her unique perspective,
will support the cooperation and collaboration required between the two
organisations in advising the Minister for Children and Youth
The Adoption Authority confirmed that it has already begun the process
of recruiting a replacement.
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