Dave Walsh was appointed Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála for the period of seven years in October, 2018. He previously served as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, with primary responsibility for planning policy (including development and delivery of the National Planning Framework) and housing market and rental policy, with a key focus on coordinated implementation of the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. Prior to this, Dave headed up the Department's Environment and Climate Division, leading Ireland's and the EU negotiations on climate change during Ireland's 2013 EU Presidency which ultimately led to the adoption of the Paris UN Climate Change Agreement in 2015. In a civil service career spanning 23 years in the Custom House, he also had policy responsibility for a wide range of areas, including national waste policy, environmental legislation and compliance with EU environmental law, spatial planning policy, franchise, and local government. A graduate of Trinity College with a Single Honours BA in the Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin), Dave also has a Higher Diploma in Education (TCD) and a MSc in Economic Policy (TCD/IPA).