Tony McQuinn retires as CEO of the Citizens Information Board

August 2014

An event to mark the retirement of Tony McQuinn as Chief Executive of the Citizens Information Board took place in CIB, Head Office in Townsend Street, Dublin. The event was attended by family, friends, staff and distinguished guests.

Among those who paid tribute to Tony were: Minister of State for Social Protection Kevin Humphreys T.D., Anne Vaughan, Director General, Department of Social Protection, Sylda Langford, Chair and Eileen Fitzgerald, Senior Manager, Regional Services. The MC for the event was Ann Marie O'Connor, Senior Manager, Development and Support Services.

Sylda Langford, Chair, acknowledged Tony's hard work as a dedicated public servant. These years of hard work through good times and more challenging ones were presented in the form of a "This is your life" book which was compiled by members of staff and presented by Tony's P.A., Shona Geraghty. Following the presentation of gifts Tony thanked all present for their attendance at the event, their gifts and good wishes and their invaluable support to him throughout his career.

Tony graduated from UCD with a degree in History and Politics in 1976. His experience of working in the area of information provision began in 1980 when he was employed as an Information Officer with the National Social Service Board (NSSB). Following a period as the Acting Head of Information he was appointed as the Manager of the Information, Resource and Support Service in the NSSB. Tony moved to the position of Regional Manager in 1998 and took up the role of Senior Manager, Development and Support Services with the then named Comhairle in 2002.

Tony has been deeply involved in the shaping of a strategic direction for the organisation which was renamed the Citizens Information Board in 2006 following the Citizens Information Bill. He has provided leadership to a multidisciplinary team of professionals in the fields of information, advice and advocacy. He has also been deeply involved in the partnership process within CIB.

He was particularly involved in the development of the Board's key information resource, the Citizens Information website www.citizensinformation.ie. He has also been responsible for the development of the Assist Ireland website and the development of the Sign Language Interpreting Service. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2008 at a particularly challenging time as many citizens were struggling with unemployment and debt due to the downturn in the economy. The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) came under the remit of CIB at this time. More recently, Tony has overseen the development of the EFQM Gold Star quality assurance programme for both MABS and CIS and the development of the National Advocacy Service for people with disabilities.


Tony McQuinn with Minister of State for Social Protection, Kevin Humphrey's T.D. and Eileen Fitzgerald, Senior Manager.

Tony McQuinn with Minister of State for Social Protection, Kevin Humphrey's T.D. and Eileen Fitzgerald, Senior Manager.

Des Gunning, Information Resources, presents a book of media clippings from important moments in Tony's working career.

Des Gunning, Information Resources, presents a book of media clippings from important moments in Tony's working career.

To mark the occasion, a special 'This is your life' book compiled by work colleagues was presented to Tony by Shona Geraghty his P.A.

To mark the occasion, a special 'This is your life' book compiled by work colleagues was presented to Tony by Shona Geraghty his P.A.

Anne Vaughan, Director General,  Dept of Social Protection spoke about Tony's years of dedicated work on behalf of the citizens of Ireland.

Anne Vaughan, Director General, Dept of Social Protection spoke about Tony's years of dedicated work on behalf of the citizens of Ireland.

Following her speech on Tony's career, Eileen Fitzgerald, Senior Manager, makes a presentation of gifts on behalf of all CIB staff.

Following her speech on Tony's career, Eileen Fitzgerald, Senior Manager, makes a presentation of gifts on behalf of all CIB staff.

Tony thanks all present for their attendance and support throughout the years.

Tony thanks all present for their attendance and support throughout the years.

Tony with his wife Eleanor, sons Cormac and Eoghan and daughters Aoife and Síomha, cut his retirement cake.

Tony with his wife Eleanor, sons Cormac and Eoghan and daughters Aoife and Síomha, cut his retirement cake.

Tony with former National Social Service Board (NSSB) colleagues from left: Geralyn McGarry, Social Policy & Research Manager, Katie Boyle, Sally Keogh, Imelda Duffy, Anne Cox, Gwyn Grace and Marie Nolan

Tony with former National Social Service Board (NSSB) colleagues from left: Geralyn McGarry, Social Policy & Research Manager, Katie Boyle, Sally Keogh, Imelda Duffy, Anne Cox, Gwyn Grace and Marie Nolan