Assistant Secretary, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Ray O’Leary is the Assistant Secretary dealing with Roads, Road Safety, Haulage and Freight, and the National Vehicle and Driver File – as well as departmental Finance and ICT. He also has administrative responsibilities for the Air and Rail Accident Investigation Units which operate independently of the Department under EU and international law. His area covers the Department’s policy and oversight roles in relation to investment in roads, and a range of areas relating to road safety and regulation of traffic generally, including bodies such as Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Road Safety Authority and the Medical Bureau of Road Safety – as well as overseeing the Department’s critical finance function and significant commitment to ICT development and use.
He previously worked in the Tourism Division and, prior to joining the Department, worked in the Department of Finance and the Department of the Environment. He has also worked in the former Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly and started his career in UK and Irish local government, after studying Urban and Regional Planning and Civil Engineering.