Minister of State Kitt appoints Chris Flood as chairman of Advisory Board
Minister of State for Development Cooperation at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Tom Kitt TD, today announced the appointment of former Minister of State Chris Flood to the chair of the Advisory Board for Development Cooperation Ireland. The position recently became vacant when the retired Minister and former leader of the Progressive Democrats Des O'Malley departed to take a position at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development based in London.
In making the appointment, Minister Kitt said:
“I would very much like to thank Des O'Malley for the work he has done over the last year as chairman of the Advisory Board. During that time we saw the establishment of the Development Forum which I know will provide valuable room for debate around complex development policy issues over the coming years”
In relation to Chris Flood the Minister said:
“Chris has always been a strong voice at both local and national level for the marginalised, particularly in Ireland with the extensive work he has done on traveller education and traveller rights. Much of the work of Development Cooperation Ireland centers around issues of self help, empowerment and human and social rights in the developing world. I am sure Chris will be able to bring fresh insights and make a valuable contribution to the development of the programme.”
Chris Flood is also the Chairperson of the National Traveller Accommodation Consultative, having been appointed by Minister for the Environment and Local Government, Martin Cullen T.D. and he has also been appointed as the Irish representative to the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance by Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell T.D.