Minster Ryan confirms that Aaron Forde will not be appointed as chair of Shannon Group

The Minister for Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has confirmed that he will not be going ahead with the appointment of Aaron Forde as chair of Shannon Group.


The Green party leader indicated that Mr Forde’s use of social media was below the standard expected of the chair of a State board.  He added that the Department of Transport will work to appoint a new chair as quickly as possible.


It’s understood that in a letter to Minister Ryan, Aaron Forde said he had reflected on his position and decided to withdraw his appointment as chairperson of Shannon Group Plc.


He wished to apologise unreservedly for remarks he made on Twitter which have become the subject of focus.



Earlier yesterday Mr Forde had been named as the new Chairman of the board of Shannon Group. A position it was expected that he would hold for a period of five years.


Mr Forde was Chief Executive of agri-business Aurivo for 16 years until he stepped down at the end of 2019.


He has previous board experience as Chairman of Ornua from 2013-2019, the Sligo Economic Forum, IBEC,  and the External Advisory Board of Institute of Technology, Sligo.