Lucinda Creighton appointed to Horse Sport Ireland board

Former Renua leader, who has lifelong interest in horses, will earn €8,100 a year in fees

Former Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton is one of three new board members appointed to Horse Sport Ireland, the governing body of equestrian sports.

The former Dublin South-East TD and one-time Fine Gael junior minister, who has a lifelong interest in horses, was appointed by Fine Gael Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in consultation with Independent Minister for Sport Shane Ross. Ms Creighton now works as a public affairs consultant.

The two other appointees to the Naas-based organisation are Mary Lambkin Coyle, chairwoman of Barclaycard International Payments, and businesswoman Clare Hughes.

Ordinary members of the board receive €8,100 a year in fees and must attend about nine half-day board meetings a year.

Mr Creed said the “combined knowledge and experience” of the three new appointees “can only add a positive new dimension and dynamic to the board.”

The naming of the board members follows the appointment of businessman and racehorse owner Joe Reynolds as chairman of the new board in line with a review of the organisation by economic consultants Indecon who recommended a rationalisation of the board, reducing it in size from 19 members to nine.

“I have no doubt that the board will benefit from their varied experience and extensive skills across governance, business and public policy,” said Mr Ross.

“I am hugely impressed with the reforms that have been implemented in Horse Sport Ireland since the publication of the Indecon report in 2017.”

Simon Carswell

Simon Carswell

Simon Carswell is The Irish Times’s Public Affairs Editor and former Washington correspondent