IDA boss isn’t done just yet
Outgoing chief executive in attendance at PayPal jobs announcement
Barry O’Leary: gaggle of mandarins queued up to wish him well on his departure. Photograph: Alan Betson
Barry O’Leary, the outgoing IDA Ireland chief executive, was in attendance at the PayPal jobs gig at the Shelbourne, although he didn’t say much: the ministers clearly had that covered.
One expressed his hope that O’Leary enjoys his “retirement”, prompting the genial 62-year-old to loudly proclaim he that has “no such intention”.
I collared O’Leary afterwards to ask about his plans. He confirmed that he would keep working, and has a number of non-executive directorships already lined up. Whereabouts? “Ha ha!” he replied.
O’Leary has a pharmaceuticals background, so UDG Healthcare, where one of his IDA predecessors, Kieran McGowan, served on the board, could be a possibility.
O’Leary won’t go hungry, anyway.