Construction Federation elects woman as chairperson for first time in history

Tara Flynn
Tara Flynn

The Galway branch of the Construction Industry Federation has just elected its first ever female chairperson.

Tara Flynn of Paul Flynn Construction – based in Ballinasloe – takes the reins from Paul Stewart of Stewart Construction, following the organisation’s recent AGM.

Ms Flynn said she was ‘truly honoured’ to be the first female CIF Chairperson of the Western Region – and she vowed to ‘do my very best for our members while I am in this role’.

“One of my aims as CIF chair is to try and increase our membership in the Western region,” she said.

“I would also like to see an increase in female participation within the construction industry, I think having more women involved in this sector will help change the industry for the better. Women make great leaders and we are all equal in this business,” she added.

The new chairperson also said she was very encouraged to see a number of major projects coming on board, which she said would give a major boast to the west.

“I am hopeful that Apple will still proceed with their project in Athenry. It was regrettable that they had objections as they have invested heavily in this project and it would be a major game changer for the West of Ireland,” she added.

The outgoing Chairman of the CIF Galway branch Paul Stewart of Stewart Construction is the fourth generation of Stewarts to manage the Stewart Construction company, which was established back in 1902.

He had become Chairperson of the CIF Galway branch 50 years after his father, Seán Stewart, had done so – while his great-grandfather, James Stewart, was one of the founding members of the CIF back in 1935.

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