Chairperson - Liz O'Donnell
Ms. O’Donnell currently provides consultancy, lecturing and advisory services for corporate, educational and various other organisations in the field of government relations and public affairs and is an opinion columnist in the Irish Independent newspaper.
She is also a former politician having been first elected to the Dáil in 1992 where she served as TD for Dublin South from 1992 to 2007. She served as Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1997 -2002.
Our other board members are:
A welcome from The Chairperson, Liz O'Donnell
Since 2006, the Road Safety Authority has been working toward a reduction in road fatalities and serious injuries, and to make Irish roads among the safest in Europe. I am honoured to have been appointed as the new Chairperson of the board of the RSA this year.
The Irish Government have set our country the task of making Ireland’s roads as safe as the best performing countries in the European Union and beyond.
The board of the RSA should be incredibly proud of its achievements in its first eight years and I am very much looking forward to my involvement with the authority for the coming term.
Ireland is now the fifth safest country in the European Union for road collision fatalities per million population. A reduction of road collision fatalities on Irish roads to 25 per million population or less by 2020 is required to close the gap between Ireland and the safest countries. This means reducing deaths from 190 in 2013 to 124 or fewer by 2020.
We must remind ourselves every day that these figures we hear every day in the news are not just cold statistics. Behind each number is a life lost, a family and a community shattered by the loss. Behind the numbers are also the lives of people who have experienced the devastation of road traffic collisions and survived, often living with serious injuries as a result.
The Road Safety Authority works with other Stakeholders including the Irish Government, Local Authorities and An Garda Síochána to make the entire road network safer, incrementally, day by day.
However, we can only achieve this by including you, Ireland’s road users, in this drive to reduce road traffic collisions, injuries and deaths. It is not just the road-builders, and the educators, and enforcers, and other specialists, who shoulder the responsibility for making our roads safer each day. Rather, it is the responsibility of every man, woman and child on every highway and byway in Ireland, be they drivers, motorcyclists, pedal cyclists, or pedestrians. We need to continue to commit to improving road safety. Our mantra is: “Safer roads. Only you can get us there,” and I look forward to working with you all to make Ireland’s roads the safest in Europe.