John Moran to take over as Hunt Museum chairman

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Chair of the board: Limerick native John Moran, who is the new chairman of the Hunt Museum. Picture: Press 22

FORMER secretary general at the Department of Finance John Moran is to take over the chairmanship of the Hunt Museum.

The Patrickswell native, who stepped down from the top finance position in May of last year, will take over the position of Chair of the Museum from Niall Greene, who has relinquished the position after 23 years of service.

Mr Moran, a close confidant of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, has had a high­ profile career across the legal and banking sectors and in the top ranks of the Irish Civil Service.

“I am delighted and honoured to be invited by the Hunt Museum to take up this role,” he said.

“The Museum is in a period of transition and has become more embedded than ever in the life of the city and the region. I very much look forward to working with the dedicated team already in place there to move the Museum forward.”

Welcoming the appointment, Hunt director Dr Hugh Maguire said: “I am extremely pleased that someone of such capability will be working with us.

“The Museum has many significant large­ scale ambitions and aspirations and we look valuable contribution to our work in his new role as Chairman.”

Dr Maguire also paid tribute to the “considerable contribution” made by outgoing chairman Niall Greene,

Mr Moran was most recently Secretary General at the Department of Finance, where he was involved in recapitalising Ireland’s financial institutions, the takeover of the EBS by AIB and the merger of Anglo Irish Bank with Irish Nationwide.

The Hunt has seen a sustained period of visitor growth in recent years and its most recent My City My Home exhibition continued that upward trend.