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Members of the Commission

The Commission consists of ex-officio members (Commissioners) as follows:

  • Mr Seán Ó Fearghail TD, Ceann Comhairle
  • Mr. Peter Tyndall, Ombudsman
  • Mr Robert Watt, Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
  • Mr Martin Fraser, Secretary General to the Government
  • Mr Justice Daniel O'Keeffe, Chairperson of the Standards in Public Office Commission
Ceann ComhairlePeter Tyndall

Seán Ó Fearghail T.D.
Ceann Comhairle

Seán Ó Fearghaíl is the 19th Ceann Comhairle (Chairman) of Dáil Éireann (lower House of the Irish Parliament), having been elected on 10th March 2016. His election was the first to be conducted by secret ballot of the members of Dáil Éireann.

Representing the constituency of South Kildare, the Ceann Comhairle was a Senator from 2000 until his election as a TD (Teachta Dála) in 2002 and he has held his seat in each subsequent general election. In the 31st Dáil (2011-2016), the Ceann Comhairle was Party Whip for Fianna Fáil while also serving at his Party’s spokesman for Defence, Arts, Heritage and Culture, and Constitutional Affairs. He served as Chairman of the Oireachtas Health Committee from 2009 to 2011. Prior to his entry into national politics, the Ceann Comhairle served as a councillor on Kildare County Council, including Chairman of the Council, and has been involved in community, educational and housing organisations in his home county for many years. A gaeilgeoir (fluent Irish speaker), the Ceann Comhairle maintains strong links to the farming community in his home town of Kildare. The Ceann Comhairle is married to Mary Clare and has four children.

Peter Tyndall
Ombudsman

Peter Tyndall was appointed as Ombudsman on 2 December 2013. Prior to becoming Ombudsman, Peter was the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales for five years from 2008 to 2013. He was previously Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales, Head of Education and Culture for the Welsh Local Government Association and has also worked in a variety of senior positions in housing and social care, most notably in developing housing and support services for people with learning disabilities.

Peter 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, Peter has lived and worked in Wales for more than 30 years. He has an MSc in Strategic Management from Cardiff University. He is married with three daughters.

Martin FraserRobert Watt

Martin Fraser
Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach and Secretary General to the Government

Mr Martin Fraser was appointed as Secretary General to the Government and Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach with effect from the 1st August 2011.

He joined the Department as Finance Officer in 1999.  He had been an Assistant Secretary in the Department since 2007, having previously been Director of the Northern Ireland Division.  As Assistant Secretary, he served as head of Northern Ireland Division, Corporate Affairs Division and Economic & Social Policy Division.  He previously served in the Departments of Social Welfare, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture and Food.

He holds a B Comm Degree from UCD and an Msc (Econ) Degree from Trinity College Dublin.

 

Robert Watt
Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Robert Watt is Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  He was previously Assistant Secretary in the Sectoral Policy Division of the Department of Finance and has responsibility for overall expenditure policy including the Comprehensive Spending Review, capital investment policy and managing the annual Estimates process.
 
Mr. Watt is an economist and has experience in both the public and private sector.  He has worked in a range of roles within the Department of Finance as well as previously working with Indecon Economic Consultants and London Economics.
 
He has a primary degree in business studies and a masters in economics. He lives in Drumcondra and is married with two children.

Daniel O'Keefe 

Justice Daniel O'Keeffe
Member of the CPSA

Daniel O’Keeffe, a retired High Court Judge, was appointed Chairperson of the Standards in Public Office Commission on 11 February 2014.

He was called to the Bar in 1964 having graduated from University College Dublin and the Kings Inns. He practiced at the Bar until his appointment to the High Court in 2008. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1985. He qualified as a Charted Accountant.

He was Chairman of the Second Report of the Public Service Benchmarking Body which reported to the Minister for Finance in 2007.

He was Chairman of the Irish Takeover Panel from 1997 to 2008.