Membership of Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles

Membership of the Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles appointed by the Minister for Transport under Part 9 of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013

Membership of the Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles

The following members of the Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles have been appointed by the Minister for Transport under Part 9 of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, representing the sectors set out under that Act, to advise the Authority or the Minister, as appropriate, in relation to issues relevant to small public service vehicles and their drivers.

Each member may serve a three year term and may be reappointed by the Minister.

 

Membership of Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles
Chairperson Mr. Cornelius O’Donohue Con O’Donohue was appointed Chairperson of the Advisory Committee in 2019, having served as an ordinary member since 2012.

He previously served as a Superintendent in An Garda Síochána where his responsibilities included public transport, road transport and road safety. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Management, and Diplomas in Legal Studies and Management Law.

Ordinary Member Representing:  
Small public service vehicle and driver interests (at least 4) Mr. John Murphy John was appointed to the Advisory Committee in 2019.

John is currently the managing director of Procabs Galway. He has been involved in the Taxi business for over 30 years. John is heavily invested in the continued success of the Taxi Industry.

Mr Shajedul Chowdhury Shajedul was appointed to the Advisory Committee in 2021.

He is a taxi driver serving the Limerick area since 2016 and has a keen interest in the regrowth and success of the SPSV industry in cities and rural areas, together with accessible vehicle service provision and sustainability. Shajedul holds a Masters degree in Social Science

Mr Francis Doheny Francis was appointed to the Advisory Committee in 2021.  He  is currently the Secretary of the Newbidge & District Taxi Association. He has operated as a hackney and taxi driver since 1994, in both the rental and owner operator sectors in Laois, Carlow, Kildare and Offaly, and has a keen interest in a review of insurance costs,  rank provision and accessible vehicle service provision. Francis is a currently a member of the Curragh First Responders.
Alan Cooley
President of the Irish Taxi Drivers’ Federation (ITDF)

Alan has been in the Taxi industry for over 32 years.

He works in the Taxi Federation, where he looks after Taxi driver interests and improvements for the Taxi industry.

Position Available

Candidates must demonstrate in their application (by CV and cover letter to secretary@spsvadvcomm.ie) substantial evidence of:

  1. operating in urban and/or rural Ireland; and
  2. representing the interests of SPSV drivers and vehicle owners at a regional or national level.
Local Authorities
(at least 1)
Brendan O’Brien Brendan O’Brien was  appointed to the Advisory Committee in September 2022.

Brendan O’Brien is Head of Technical Services (Traffic) at Dublin City Council

Brendan Heads up the Traffic and public lighting departments of Dublin City Council whose aim is to facilitate  the safe and efficient movement of people and goods in the city. He is responsible for day to day traffic management in the city and the coordination of mobility projects in the city.

An Garda Síochána (at least 1) Superintendent Tom Murphy

 

Tom was appointed to the Advisory Committee in 2019.

He is currently a Superintendent and Deputy Head of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, based in Garda Headquarters.  Tom holds a Batchelor of Science (Hons) in Leadership & Governance and is currently studying for a MSc in Emergency Management.

Consumers (at least 2)
Position Available

Candidates must demonstrate in their application (by CV and cover letter to secretary@spsvadvcomm.ie) substantial evidence of:

  1. representing the interests of all consumers, including at a regional or national level.
  2. placing Customer Expectations are at the core of decisions and discussions
Position Available

Candidates must demonstrate in their application (by CV and cover letter to secretary@spsvadvcomm.ie) substantial evidence of:

  1. representing the interests of all consumers, including at a regional or national level.
  2. placing Customer Expectations are at the core of decisions and discussions
Persons with Disabilities (at least 1) John FulhamJohn Fulham Advocacy Team of Irish Wheelchair Association on Advisory Committee on SPSVs John Fulham is a manager within the Advocacy Team of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

He supports people with disabilities in having their voices heard on the issues important to them including topics such as inclusion, equity, realising their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities and the everyday challenges faced around attitudes, transport and access. As a wheelchair user with 52 years of lived experience of having a disability, John is acutely aware of the issues facing people with disabilities every day. John is the current Chairperson of UL Sport and former President of Paralympics Ireland

Business (at least 1) Ms. Ann Campbell Ann Campbell was appointed to the Advisory Committee in 2019.

She has been self-employed in the tourism sector for over 30 years.  Ann holds a diploma in Tourism from St. Angela’s college and a diploma in corporate governance from University College Dublin.  She is also a board member of B&B Ireland and Failte Ireland Sligo Taskforce.

Older Persons (at least 1) Mai Quaid Mai Quaid has been engaged with Active Retirement Network Ireland for over 15 years, firstly as a Development Officer and then as the National President and Chairperson of the Board.

Mai also serves on the Board of the Wicklow Sports Partnership and is the Company Secretary of the Board of Wicklow Tourism. Mai is also the Chairperson of the Older Peoples Council in Wicklow and serve on the Age Friendly Alliance committee. I continue my involvement with groups throughout County Wicklow and have also established social links with groups in Belfast.

Tourism (at least 1) Mr. Paul Keeley

Paul Keeley – Director, Regional Development, Fáilte Ireland

Paul is accountable for the national tourism development authority’s regional development function, with additional responsibilities for visitor engagement, visitor mobility and orientation, and industry digitisation. Since joining Fáilte Ireland in 2004, Paul has been actively involved in leading the development of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Dublin brands and associated visitor experiences. He has previously led the agency’s commercial development and marketing functions and played leading roles on the activation of Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and other major sports events.

Prior to joining Fáilte Ireland, Paul worked in a variety of marketing roles with well-known businesses including Musgrave SuperValu Centra; Vodafone, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline and Cantrell & Cochrane.

Special interest or expertise in matters relating to the functions of the Authority, the Advisory Committee or related matters (at least 4)

 

Mr. James O’Brien James was appointed to the Advisory Committee in 2019.

James holds a Bachelor of Engineering and certificates in Road Haulage & Road Passenger Transport with The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.  James now works with “ASSESS IRELAND” an Automotive Engineering firm.

Aisling Dunne

Aisling Dunne
Harpreet Singh Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles Harpreet was appointed to the Advisory Committee in 2024.

He has been in the Taxi Industry for the last 5 years, serving in the Westmeath area.
Harpreet holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from GNDU Amritsar.

Adrian Cummins Adrian Cummins

Adrian Cummins is the CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland – the representative body for restaurants, cafés, gastropubs and other food-led hospitality businesses in Ireland with over 3,000 members. Cummins is a founding member of the Taxis for Ireland Coalition, which was established in December 2023.