Five appointments have been made to the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), bringing the board membership to 12 persons.
Ms Catriona Walsh has been appointed as Chairperson. Ms Walsh is a partner with Ensor O’Connor Solicitors.
The other Board members, appointed by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan TD are: John Fitzgerald, property professional, member of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (I.P.A.V.); Noel Merrick, property professional, member of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (I.P.A.V.); Mr Paul Flood, Estates Manager with the Health Services Executive; and Ms Rhonda Donaghey, trade union official.
The Board is an independent statutory agency established in 2004 under the Residential Tenancies Act and its main functions are:the resolution of disputes between tenants and landlords; the registration of tenancies in the private rented residential sector; and the provision of advice to the Minister in relation to the private rented residential sector.
The other members of the Board are: Dr Eoin O’Sullivan, Mr John Tiernan, Mr Conn Murray, Mr Joe Meehan, Mr Tim Ryan, Ms Tricia Sheehy Skeffington and Ms Paula O’Reilly.