Feargal Ó Coigligh
Company: Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government
Job title: Assistant secretary for water
Feargal Ó Coigligh is assistant secretary at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, heading up the water division of the department. He previously served as assistant secretary in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, where he headed up both the heritage and culture divisions of that Department in successive periods. During his time in charge of the culture division, he had responsibility for commemorations as part of the Decade of Centenaries, including the successful Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. In the past, he has worked on land-use planning policy, the reform of the local government system in Ireland, on modernising waste management policy – including the introduction of Europe’s first levy on plastic bags, and as an adviser to the Minister for the Environment.