Broadcasting Act 2009
89.— (1) A corporation shall from time to time appoint a person to be the chief executive officer of the corporation and who shall be known, and is in this Part referred to, as, in the Irish language, ardstiúrthóir or, in the English language, director general.
(2) A director general shall—
(a) carry on and manage, and control generally, the administration of the corporation,
(b) act as editor-in-chief in respect of content published by the corporation in pursuance of its objects under this Act, and
(c) perform such other functions (if any) as may be determined by the board of the corporation.
(3) The consent of the Government is necessary before a corporation appoints or removes the director general of the corporation, or alters his or her remuneration or his or her terms and conditions of holding office.
(4) The person who, immediately before the passing of this Act, was the director general of Radio Telefís Éireann, continues as director general of RTÉ.
(5) The person who, immediately before the passing of this Act, was the chief executive officer of TG4, continues as director general of TG4.
(6) A director general shall not hold any other office or employment or carry on any business without the consent of the board of the corporation.
(7) A director general shall furnish the board of the corporation with such information (including financial information) in relation to the performance of his or her functions as the board of the corporation may from time to time require.
(8) The functions of a director general may be performed in his or her absence or when the position of director general is vacant by such member of the staff of the corporation as may, from time to time, be designated for that purpose by the board of the corporation.
(9) A director general shall, for the duration of his or her appointment, serve as an ex officio member of the board of his or her corporation.