Two new appointees to the board of Digital Hub Development Agency

10 Jun 2015

Seamas Ratigan and Brendan McDonagh have been appointed to the board of the Digital Hub and Paul Holden has been re-appointed chairman

Communications Minister Alex White TD has appointed Seamas Ratigan and Brendan McDonagh to the board of the Digital Hub Development Agency. Existing chairman Paul Holden has also been reappointed.

The DHDA is the state agency charged with managing the Digital Hub cluster, which is aimed at creating an international centre of excellence for digital content and technology enterprises.

The Digital Hub is located in Dublin’s south-west inner city, in the historic Liberties area. It is currently home to 89 digital enterprises, with some 650 full-time employees.

Paul Holden is the Managing Director of Rédacteurs Ltd and a member of the Institute of Directors. He was first appointed to the Board of the DHDA in May 2012 and has served as Chairperson since January 2014.

Brendan McDonagh is the Director of Business Intelligence in the IDA. He has been a member of the Board of the DHDA since April 2013.

Seamas Ratigan is the Local Community Representative on the Board of the DHDA. He has been a member of the Board of the DHDA since May 2012.

Other members of the board include Owen Keegan, Katherine Licken and Claire Duignan.

“The appointment of Messrs Holden, Ratigan and McDonagh for a further term will ensure that the DHDA Board retains access to the necessary expertise and competence during a period of significant change for the Agency,” Minister White said.

“Along with preparations for its merger with Dublin City Council, the Agency is engaged in a major expansion of its enterprise office capacity through the development and refurbishment of properties on its Dublin 8 campus.”

The core vision for the Digital Hub

“The core vision of the Digital Hub is quite simple,” CEO Gerry Macken explained in an interview last week with

“We want to grow and develop a world-class cluster of digital enterprises here in the historic Liberties quarter of Dublin city.”

The Digital Hub recently announced plans for the refurbishment of ‘The Grainstore’, a 19th-century building, which will add an additional 10,650 square feet of space to the cluster.

Last year, in a €40m deal, the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA) secured a new enterprise office space and a student accommodation development for the Liberties area in Dublin city.

The project is expected to create up to 300 jobs in construction in the short term, and will result in the creation of an additional 10,650 square feet of enterprise office space, as well as a housing development for 470 students on Bonham Street in Dublin 8.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years