O’Loughlin addresses ‘evolving needs’ of irish horseracing as new CEO

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) has appointed Darragh O’Loughlin as its new Chief Executive Officer, which comes into effect from 29 June 2022.

Previously Secretary General of the Irish Pharmacy Union from 2013 until April 2022, O’Loughlin has also served as a Council member of The Pharmacy Regulator (PSI) for six years and was a  board member of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) for a further two years.

He replaces Denis Egan as permanent CEO of the Irish horse racing authority, who stepped down from the position last September after announcing early retirement. 

Martin O’Donnell, Chairman of the IHRB, commented: “Darragh brings an exceptional combination of regulatory expertise and long experience in sectoral development and advocacy as well as stakeholder engagement at the highest level in Ireland and the EU.  

“Darragh combines proven strategic, organisational and people leadership with impressive regulatory credentials and extensive stakeholder engagement experience. We look forward to him leading the IHRB and our top-class committed team as we enter our next strategic planning phase.  

“This will guide the organisation’s priorities in addressing the evolving needs of Irish horse racing and ensuring the continued positive reputation of the sport and ongoing confidence for all stakeholders.”

Furthermore, the new hire is also a pharmacist by profession and has previously had various Senior Executive and Non-Executive roles at a domestic and European level.

On his appointment, O’Loughlin stated: “I am honoured to have been appointed to this vital role for horse racing and look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead. 

“Ireland is rightly at the forefront of global horse racing and has an enviable reputation thanks to the great work of all stakeholders, including the excellent team at the IHRB, who have been acknowledged as best in class at what they do. 

“I look forward to working with my new colleagues to ensure Irish horse racing and its reputation continue to thrive over the coming years.”

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