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23 April 2015

Members of the Competition Authority

The Competition Authority consists of a Chairperson and three Members.


Isolde Goggin

Isolde Goggin was appointed Chairperson of the Competition Authority in October 2011 and is currently Director of the Advocacy and Strategy Divisions.

Isolde was appointed Member of the Competition Authority in July 2010 and was responsible for the Advocacy Division. From 2004 to 2006, Isolde was Chairperson of Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation, and Commissioner from 2002 to 2004.

Before joining ComReg, Isolde was Director of the Regulated Markets Division at the Competition Authority. She began her career in 1980 with Eircom (then Telecom Éireann) as an engineer, and later moved into business management and then regulation, working with Eircom, DG Information Society of the European Commission and Ericsson.

Isolde holds a First Class Honours engineering degree, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Competition Law, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.


Gerald FitzGerald

Gerald FitzGerald was appointed Member of the Competition Authority on 5 December 2011 and is Director of the Monopolies Division.

Previously, Gerald was a Member of the Authority for a period of 12 months from July 2010 and directed both the Authority’s Cartels and Mergers Divisions.

Before joining the Authority, Mr FitzGerald was a Consultant with McCann FitzGerald, solicitors, where he had been a partner for some 30 years.  He established the firm’s Brussels office in the 1970s and was head of its Competition, Regulated Markets and EU law practice group for many years.

He was a member of the Government-appointed Competition and Mergers Review Group (1997-2002) which published five reports on the reform of Irish competition law and whose recommendations were incorporated in the Competition Act, 2002.  He was a member of the Competition Authority’s Advisory Panel from 2002 until 2006. He was a founder member and past Chair of the Irish Society for European Law and is a Director and Secretary of the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College, Dublin.  He is a member of the International Bar Association and an Associate of the American Bar Association.  He is the author and co-author of numerous publications on competition law topics.

Stephen Calkins

Stephen Calkins was appointed Member of the Competition Authority on 1 December 2011 and is Director of the Mergers Division.  He is a law professor with experience in university administration, legal practice, and enforcement of competition and consumer law.

Before joining the Authority, Professor Calkins served as Associate Vice President for Academic Personnel and Professor of Law at 32,000-student Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where he taught courses in competition and consumer law, among other subjects.  He also served as counsel to Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.  He served as General Counsel of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission during the first part of the Clinton Administration.

Professor Calkins has authored, co-authored, and/or co-edited several books and scores of articles on competition and consumer law, and has lectured widely around the world.  He is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and was a Senior Fellow of the American Antitrust Institute.  He served for 12 years on the Councils of the American Bar Association Sections of Antitrust Law and/or Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.  He is also a former chair of the Association of American Law School’s Antitrust and Economic Regulation Committee.  He holds degrees from Yale and Harvard.

Patrick Kenny

Patrick Kenny was appointed Member of the Competition Authority on 9 January 2012 and is Director of the Cartels Division.  He is an economist. 

Prior to his appointment he was Senior Economic Advisor to the Commission for Communications Regulation.  In this role, he was responsible for providing economic advice to the Commission on their most important projects related to the regulation of the electronic communications and postal sectors and the management of radio spectrum.

Patrick first joined the Competition Authority in 1997 as an economist Case Officer.  He subsequently joined Arthur Andersen as Competition and Regulation Manager.  He returned to the Competition Authority as Senior Economist and Manager of the Advocacy Division.  In 2003, he took special leave to work for three years in the European Commission as an economic policy advisor in DG Information Society and Media.  After his return he took up the role of Manager of the Monopolies Division.


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Date Printed: 27 November 2015

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