Met Éireann's Structure
Director: Eoin Moran
Eoin Moran has been assigned responsibility at Assistant Secretary level for Met Éireann. The Director serves as Chief Executive of Met Éireann, developing strategic direction in line with Departmental policies; allocates resources and adapts organisational structures to meet changing demands; maintains and upgrades operational quality and efficiency; is responsible for ensuring that Met Éireann fulfills its national and international obligations, and acts as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological Organisation. The Director participates in the Department’s Management Board and reports directly to the Secretary General.
Assistant Director: Dr. Sarah O’Reilly
Sarah O’Reilly has responsibility at Assistant Director level for leadership and decision making on programmes, policies, budgets and people management across Met Éireann; overall strategic planning of Met Éireann’s operational, administrative and scientific / technical activities; overall oversight of performance measurement and quality assurance for Met Éireann, direct line management responsibility for Senior Meteorologist/Heads of Divisions; provision of scientific and technical direction, innovation and leadership, Maintaining and developing relevant engagements with external organisations and groupings; representing Ireland and Met Éireann to various international meteorological organisations; deputising for the Director as necessary.
Aviation Services Division: Tony Tighe
Tony Tighe has been assigned responsibility at Senior Meteorologist level for: the provision of high quality meteorological services to aviation that are compliant with ICAO standards and EU regulations ; ensuring that the Aviation Services Division retains designation as provider of aeronautical meteorological services ; divisional goal setting, resource management, budgetary planning and service delivery; the development and implementation of the divisional Safety, Security and Quality Management Systems ; contributing to the development of aviation meteorology through participation in the international organisations ; initiating and leading the implementation of technical and scientific projects to improve the quality of aviation weather services.
Met Éireann’s Aviation Services Division (ASD) core function is to provide or arrange for the provision of operational aviation related weather information. These meteorological services are governed by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and, also, European Single European Skies Regulations. The primary consumers of ASD services include the Airlines, Air Traffic Control, and Airport Authorities, Search and Rescue services and general aviation. Under ICAO obligations the ASD must also ensure the maintenance of a ‘meteorological watch’ over Irish airspace to warn of phenomena that are hazardous to aviation. In addition to the regulated services, ASD also provides/arranges for the provision of bespoke products to further assist the aviation community in its operations and decision making processes. The ASD is accredited to an ISO Quality Management System standard.
Met Éireann is currently involved in the Aviation Modernisation and Automation Project (AMAP). The project will modernise its aviation surface observation network and with the exception of Dublin Airport, automate aviation surface observations.
Forecasting Division: Evelyn Cusack
The Head of Forecasting has been assigned responsibility at Senior Meteorologist level for managing the Forecast Division of Met Éireann which incorporates both operational and strategic tasks. The primary responsibility is to ensure resilient 24/7/365 operations in the Central Analysis and Forecast Office and in the Central Aviation Office. These offices also support weather broadcasting on RTÉ radio and television, and build and maintain an online presence for Met Éireann. Critical tasks include the provision of forecast and warnings services to the road maintenance community and the aviation community. Forecast Division provides a high degree of support to Emergency Management in Ireland in both planning and operational phases, and coordinates with the forecast and warning services of other European National Met Services as appropriate. Forecast Division also provides, through MET web, key weather information online to help support decision-making across many public-service bodies, ranging from the Gardaí through to the Local Authorities.
Met Éireann’s Forecast Business Unit maintains a 24-hr, 365-day weather watch over Ireland, over the maritime regions for which Ireland has responsibility, and over the Shannon Flight Information Region. It is responsible for the issue of forecasts and warnings for weather conditions impacting the land and sea areas of Ireland, for the issue of specialised aviation forecasts and for providing warnings for Irish airspace and Irish state airports. The Office provides weather broadcast services on RTÉ, via the met.ie website, and on the Met Éireann App. Essential to the work of the Forecast Office is providing operational support as necessary to the Emergency Management / Civil Protection function of government, together with support for training, the development of strategy, and planning. Internationally, the Forecast Business Unit has strong links with the relevant activities of WMO, EUMETNET, and DG-ECHO etc.
Flood Forecast Division: Eoin Sherlock
Eoin Sherlock has been assigned responsibility at Chief Hydrometeorologist (Senior Meteorologist) level for managing the Flood Forecast Division of Met Éireann which incorporates both operational and strategic tasks. Initially the Chief Hydrometeorologist will lead the establishment of Met Éireann’s Flood Forecast Centre (FFC). When the FFC is set up, the Chief Hydrometeorologist will manage its operations (which will include 24/7 operations as necessary) and lead further flood forecasting developments.
The role will encompass overall scientific and technical leadership for the Centre and for hydrometeorology within Met Éireann; developing the practice of hydrometeorology in Ireland; leading, developing and managing a team in an operational environment; and collaborating effectively with national and international hydrometeorological, hydrological and meteorological experts and representatives.
Business Continuity Management and Digital Communications Division: Frank Gallagher
Frank Gallagher has been assigned responsibility at Principal Officer level for Business Continuity Management (BCM), Digital Communications and Facilities Management within Met Éireann. This includes:
• Business Continuity Management (BCM) Unit planning the development of Offsite ICT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity for Met Eireann’s ICT systems and core operations;
• Digital Communications Unit responsible for new Website/App content management, Videocast/Podcast Development, Open Data compliance, Video Conferencing, eDocs and Digital Education & Outreach;
• Facilities Management Unit responsible for the co-ordination of Health & Safety and accommodation arrangements within Met Éireann in conjunction with the Office of Public Works (OPW).
Business Operations Division: Josephine Prendergast
The Head of Business Operations Division has been assigned responsibility at Senior Meteorologist level for the management of Met Éireann’s business support functions as Ireland’s National Meteorological Service including; budgetary co-ordination across all Divisions, management and oversight of the Department’s administrative budgets, financial reporting and asset management; co-ordinating Met Éireann’s strategic HR/IR functions for 160+ staff, including staff recruitment/promotion competitions, business and workforce planning, liaison with staff associations; developing and implementing training and development plan for all staff. Other functions include corporate governance and coordination of strategic and business planning; developing engagement with research partners and funding entities both nationally and internationally.
Climatology & Observations Division: Séamus Walsh
Séamus Walsh has been assigned responsibility at Senior Meteorologist level for managing the Climatology and Observations Division of Met Éireann which incorporates: responsibility for operating, maintaining and ensuring the sustainability of the observing networks used to define the climate of Ireland; maintaining the National Climate Archive; providing a wide range of quality assured data; producing regular publications on the Climate of Ireland. The Division provides support and advice to state agencies and collaborates with universities and other National Meteorological Services. It also provides specialised reports to the legal and insurance industries.
The Climatology and Observations Division is responsible for the national synoptic, climatological and rainfall networks which provide the observational data which define the climate of Ireland. These data are quality assured and stored in the National Climate Archive along with historical data, and are made publicly available as soon as available. The Division produces daily and monthly, seasonal and annual statistics on the climate of Ireland to World Meteorological Organisation standards, and more detailed analyses to produce a range of outputs such as long term averages and climate change indicators. The Division provides advice and assistance to other State Agencies and Departments, and provides specialised reports to the legal and insurance industries.
Technology Division: Vacant
Sarah O’Reilly has been assigned responsibility at Senior Meteorologist level for the management of Met Éireann’s ICT and Meteorological Observation infrastructure. Responsibility for development of systems supporting the core operational work of Met Éireann, including ground weather stations, the meteorological radar network, satellite reception systems, as well as ICT systems used for meteorological data communications, weather and climate services production and service dissemination.
The Technology Division manages Met Éireann’s ICT and meteorological observation infrastructure. The Division’s functions include the support, maintenance and development of operational (24/7) systems for
- meteorological observation (ground stations, satellite and radar)
- meteorological data management and communication
- weather and climate services production and dissemination
The Technology Division also provides general office ICT services to Met Éireann.
Research, Environment & Applications Division: Dr Saji Varghese
Saji Varghese has been assigned responsibility at Senior Meteorologist level for the Research, Environment and Applications (REA) Division which develops and coordinates Met Éireann’s operational short-range numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. It conducts basic research in NWP in collaboration with the HIRLAM consortium. It also conducts climate research, both at a regional and global scale, in support of the Irish National Climate Change Adaptation Framework and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Division implements a series of science based applications to support operational forecast and warning services provided by Met Éireann; these include road-ice forecasts and specialised forecasts for the farming community. The REA Division is also responsible for the meteorological and environmental programmes conducted at Valentia. The National Meteorological Library also falls within the Division’s remit.
The Research, Environment and Applications (REA) Division develops and implements Met Éireann’s operational short-range numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. It conducts research in NWP in collaboration with the High Resolution Limited Area Model (HIRLAM) Consortium. It also conducts climate research in support of the National Climate Change Adaptation Framework and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Division implements a series of science based applications to support operational forecast and warning services provided by Met Éireann. The Division’s remit also includes Met Éireann’s atmospheric chemical analysis laboratory, the National Meteorological Library and the meteorological and environmental programmes conducted at the Valentia Geophysical and Meteorological Observatory.