Mary Harney appointed to board of nursing home company Brindley Healthcare

Former health minister Mary Harney has been appointed to the board of Brindley Healthcare – a company which was founded in Donegal – and is now one of the country’s largest nursing homes operators.

Set up by Amanda Torrens in 2000 with a 35-bed nursing home in Co Donegal, it now has eight nursing homes and more than 400 beds.

The former Tánaiste is now a director of a number of firms in the health sector, as well as sitting on boards of public bodies, including the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Brindley Healthcare is one of Ireland’s largest privately owned nursing home groups.

Ms Harney was brought into Brindley by shareholder BGF Ireland, an investment fund backed by the Government and the main banks.

It recently invested €10m in Brindley to fund acquisitions and growth.