Galway 2020 in crisis as chief executive steps down

Galway Daily news Galway 2020 appoints new Creative Director after eight month vacancy

The chief executive of Galway’s European Capital of Culture project Hannah Kiely has announced she is stepping down, plunging the Galway 2020 project into turmoil once again.

This comes just three months after it lost its creative director, Chris Baldwin.

RTÉ reports that Hannah Kiely is parting company with the project after criticism locally about the progress of plans and preparations for Galway 2020.

There have been many criticisms about staffing and the way in which money is spent.

Last month, a European Union report on Galway 2020 commented on the cultural leadership, saying the that project was now in a phase where it is supposed to “move from conception to implementation, without losing its integrity”.

Mark O’Donnell has been appointed as Chief Operations Officer and former bass player for the Saw Doctors Pearse Doherty as Head of Production.