TyndallMDHHowlinThe newly-appointed Ombudsman and Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall, will deliver his first public lecture since taking up office in NUI Galway on Wednesday 19th February. The lecture, which will take place at 8pm in the Aula Maxima (lower), will be hosted by the School of Law to mark the first ten years of its LL.M in Public Law. It will be chaired by the former Supreme Court judge, Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness, Chairperson of Udarás na hOllscoile and Adjunct Professor of Law at NUIG, who has been assocated with the LL.M in Public Law since its inception. The title of Mr. Tyndall’s lecture will be: “The Ombudsman and Information Commissioner: Delivering Fairness and Transparency”. Members of the public are welcome to attend this event. Peter Tyndall was Public Services Ombudsman for Wales since 2008 dealing with complaints concerning public organisations responsible for delivering services devolved to the Welsh Government including Health, Social Care, Housing and Local Government. He worked to modernise that office to provide prompt and effective resolution of complaints and to drive improvement in public services. Prior to becoming Ombudsman for Wales, Mr. Tyndall was the Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales. He was previously Head of Education and Culture for the Welsh Local Government Association and before that worked in a variety of senior positions in housing and social care.

Mr. Tyndall recently served a two year term as Chairman of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association. He is a member of the World and European Boards of the International Ombudsman Institute. He has spoken and published extensively on ombudsman issues. Originally from Dublin, Mr. Tyndall has lived and worked in Wales for more than 30 years. He has an MSc in Strategic Management from Cardiff University and is married with three daughters. He received his warrant of appointment as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner from President Higgins on 2nd December 2013. Mr Tyndall succeeded Ms Emily O’Reilly and will also serve as Commissioner for Environmental Information, and as an ex-officio member of the Standards in Public Office Commission, the Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments, the Referendum Commission and the Constituency Commission.

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Written by Charles O’Mahony

Charles O’Mahony is a lecturer in Public Law at the School of Law, NUI Galway. His research is primarily in the area of mental health law and policy. Charles previously worked as Amnesty International Ireland’s Legal Officer on its mental health campaign. You can contact him at charles.omahony[at]nuigalway.ie