There are hints that Patricia Ryan, the recently-appointed CEO of Limerick’s City of Culture year, 2014, has stepped down.
This hasn’t yet been confirmed, but if it’s true, it should be welcomed, not because Patricia Ryan is the wrong person for the job, but because the appointment process was flawed. This bungled selection process undermined public confidence in the entire venture and what’s even worse, it provoked accusations of cronyism, due to Ms Ryan’s previous employment for Pat Cox, who just happens to be chairman of the City of Culture board.
A public project without the support of the public is doomed to fail.
If the City Council now establishes a proper selection procedure, I wish Ms Ryan every success applying for the role in competition against suitably-qualified candidates.