New man taking over at head of Irish central bank

IRELAND - Irishman John Hurley becomes the newest member of the European Central Bank's governing council on Monday when he takes up the reins as governor of the Central Bank of Ireland.

Hurley succeeds Maurice O'Connell, who retires at the weekend after nearly eight years in the job.

The appointment of the career civil servant has drawn some criticism in Ireland because of his current job as secretary general at the Department of Finance.

"The governor of the Central Bank should... always

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