Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan meets IPMA® Certified Professionals in Dublin



2 October 2014 – Dublin, Ireland – The Institute of Project Management (IPM) of Ireland congratulates graduates from the Irish Department of Finance who recently achieved IPMA project management certifications. The newly minted graduates were also congratulated by Ireland’s Minister of Finance Michael Noonan and Second Secretary General Ann Nolan in a special meeting attended by IPM’s managing director Ed Naughton in Dublin.


Today’s economic pressures mean that professionalism in project and programme management is an absolute necessity. Well managed portfolios of projects are critical to the successful achievement of the Irish Department of Finance’s statement of strategy in order to deliver value for money with scarce State funds, and to minimise wastage and the burden to our economy.

It was against this context that in 2012 a Project Management Office (PMO) was established, led by Derek Tierney (IPMA Level-A Certified Projects Director) to build on existing project management capabilities in the Department. As well as developing standardised guidelines and procedures, the PMO also established a project management academy as a key component of the PMO roll-out strategy. This forms part of the Department’s overall Learning and Development Strategy.

To date a number of candidates from a wide cross-section of all areas in the Department have successfully completed either the Certified Project Management Diploma or Strategic Project Management Diploma, incorporating the internationally recognised IPMA four-level certification. Indeed one of its officials (Ailish Farrelly) was the national award winner for the Strategic Diploma in 2013.

According to IPM’s Ed Naughton, “IPM Ireland is pleased to congratulate those graduates and to wish every success to future candidates who will commence their studies in the next few weeks. We are very happy that the IPMA project management qualifications process is reaching into Irish government agencies, a sign that more of our public projects will be in capable hands.”

The Institute of Project Management (IPM) of Ireland was founded in 1989 to help individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors to develop a knowledge and high-quality capability in Project Management and to provide a focal point for the development of professional Project Management in Ireland. The Institute, headquartered in Dublin, is the Irish Certification Body for the administration of IPMA’s ® 4 level certification system. Almost 3,000 IPMA® Certified Professionals are currently registered across IPM centres in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. Within the IPMA® family of 57 countries, the Institute is the National Association for Ireland and the Director General is a former member of the IPMA® executive board. For more, visit http://www.projectmanagement.ie/