Dempsey beefs up comms appeals panel

21 Jun 2005

Communications Minister Noel Dempsey TD has trebled the size of the pool of legal professionals on the Electronic Communications Appeals Panel from which he will pick three-person independent panels to hear appeals in areas ranging from dominance in fixed and mobile communications.

Minister Dempsey said that the pool now consists of 10 members and he will increase this to 11 in the near future.

The trebled pool consists of chairperson Hugh Moran SC, Margaret Heneghan BL, Catherine Woods BA, Paul Burns SC, economist Mary Sadlier, Patrick Butler SC, economist Sean Barrett, Finbarr Fox SC, Eileen Barrington JC and management consultant Liam Cahill.

Last week, the Minister also appointed an independent appeal panel to hear appeals by Vodafone, O2 and Meteor relating to a ComReg finding which designated Vodafone and O2 as jointly dominant for wholesale access and call origination on public mobile networks. The panel consisted of solicitor Patrick Butler, economist Sean Barrett and Catherine Woods BA.

The same appeals panel will also hear appeals by Vodafone, O2 and Meteor relating to the ComReg Remedies Decision on wholesale access and call origination on mobile networks.

“I am delighted that we have succeeded in attracting additional persons of such high ability to do this important work. The work of the appeals panels is of vital importance to both industry and consumers,” said Minister Dempsey.

By John Kennedy