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Irish Management Team

Padraic Rhatigan



In July 1981, Padraic Rhatigan became the second-generation leader of JJ Rhatigan & Company. Following in the footsteps of his father, John J Rhatigan, Padraic became Managing Director of the company. Since then, he has led the group to success with a move into the development field in the 1990s, and continued expansion into new sectors and new regions with offices throughout Ireland and the UK. As Chairman and Group Managing Director Padraic continues to lead setting the values and standards of the company.

Ger Ronayne



Ger joined the company in 1998 as a Senior Engineer and within six months had become a Project Manager. In 2000, he was promoted to Contracts Manager and in 2006 he progressed to Regional Director responsible for operations in the Regions in Ireland and the UK. He has since become Chief Executive Officer and in addition to the overall success of the company, Ger is responsible for leading the development and execution of long-term business strategies in Ireland and the UK.

Gerry Kelly



As a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Gerry has overall responsibility for the finance function of the Rhatigan Group. Before joining the company in 1992, Gerry worked at GE Capital Woodchester HQ in Dublin.

Sean Rhatigan

Plant & Procurement Director


Sean joined JJ Rhatigan & Company in 1989 as a Purchasing/Plant Manager. As the Company progressed, the department expanded and additional resources were added. Sean now leads a team responsible for sourcing all materials and plant as well as monitoring projects from enquiry and quotation to invoicing. Sean has been involved in materials and plant procurement for over 30  years with JJ Rhatigan & Company as well as having 8 years’ previous experience with other Building Contractors.

Niall Higgins



Niall has over 18 years’ experience in the Construction Industry in both the UK and Ireland. He joined JJ Rhatigan & Company in 2003 after completing his Degree in Construction Management at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Since then, he has worked on a wide variety of projects and sectors and has progressed from Project Manager to Contracts Manager, Regional Manager to Regional Director. Niall has recently been appointed to Chief Operations Officer and as such is responsible for overseeing the operations and procedures of the company.

Francis Mulry



Francis joined J J Rhatigan & Company in 1997. He worked as a Project Quantity Surveyor on a number of projects, to include education, public access buildings, industrial, medical commercial, residential, hotel and leisure. During the Millennium years, having proved his ability and commercial know-how, Francis was promoted to Contracts Manager then Commercial Manager and is now a Commercial Director and has played a major role in all Rhatigan development works undertaken. Francis has been instrumental in the development of JJ Rhatigan & Company into one of Ireland’s largest contractors. He is experienced in all types of building contracts from Traditional to Design and Build Contracts and delivers a value for money ethos for our clients, ensuring client budgets are always to the fore without compromising quality.

Sarah O’Donohoe

Director of Human Resources


Sarah leads the HR team in strategic planning and human resource excellence for JJ Rhatigan. Her people skills and 17 years’ experience in personnel management ensures the HR programmes and initiatives are effective, efficient and aligned to the overall business objectives of the company. She is responsible for ensuring that the company and its sub-contractors are fully compliant with all Employment Law and Legislation and she has extensive knowledge of dispute resolution. Sarah’s main objective is to improve the HR processes within JJ Rhatigan and to implement strategies in recruitment, employee retention, employee satisfaction and succession planning.

Enda O’Connor

Commercial Director


Enda joined JJ Rhatigan & Company as a Senior Quantity Surveyor and has 25 years’ experience in the industry. Enda has played a major role in growing the turnover of the Dublin office and has implemented and upgraded various reporting and cost control mechanisms which streamline the surveying function in the region. Enda ensures that all projects are approached and undertaken with a great emphasis on both value for money for the client whilst simultaneously being mindful of the company’s profit margins. He currently manages a team of Surveyors of various levels from Intermediate level up to senior level in a Regional Office which continues to expand and increase its turnover.

Gearoid Cox

Contracts Director


Gearoid has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He graduated with an honour’s degree in Civil Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998 and has since worked on large-scale projects across the UK and Ireland. Gearoid is a Chartered Engineer having gained professional status in 2010 and is an experienced Contracts Director with an in-depth knowledge of a wide range of construction technologies. Committed to proactively challenging project risks for the betterment of each project, Gearoid is passionate about continual improvement as well as positive engagement and collaboration with all the project stakeholders.

Eamonn Hassett

Contracts Director


Eamonn brings over 39 years of international experience in the construction industry and has leadership expertise in all aspects of construction projects with particular emphasis on quality, budget, procurement, programming and safety. He has a proven track record working with project management consultants and contractors on a variety of projects including clean rooms, laboratories, academic buildings, M&E fit-outs, hotels, shopping centres, industrial, and residential projects.

Padraig Gavigan

Contracts Director


Padraig is an experienced engineering professional having worked for over 20 years in the construction and development sector. Padraig recently joined JJ Rhatigan bringing with him a proven ability to lead, challenge and motivate teams. Through vision and foresight, he has developed and executed long-term strategies delivering objectives to meet all stakeholders’ requirements over major public and private projects.

Anthony Greene

Construction Director


Anthony is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry working on some of the most prestigious and complex projects in both Ireland and the UK. He maintains a hands-on approach in order to establish and maintain the smooth running of his projects. He has experience of working on projects in many different sectors including; residential, health, retail, high rise, commercial and defence. Anthony is renowned for his ability to remove road blocks and overcome difficulties with his positive approach and lateral thinking.

Our Culture

JJ Rhatigan & Company is built on the idea of setting standards in everything we do. That guiding principle influences our five pillars, which act as the driving forces for everyone involved with our business and ensure that our people can be truly proud of the results they deliver to our clients.

Our aim has always been to remain true to the family run business principles upon which JJ Rhatigan & Company was founded. We are proud that our culture is something that makes our employees want to stay with us, and our clients want to keep coming to us with their business, so that we can build for a better future together. Learn more about our company values here

The quality and dedication of our people is the key to our success.

JJ Rhatigan & Company operates a business that values and rewards our employees. We place a strong emphasis on Continuous Professional Development, providing on-going mentoring, encouraging collaboration, and exposing employees to a breadth of experience across varying sectors and projects. We are proud of our ability to retain staff and several of our senior management team have been with the company for over 20 years!

We believe that investing in our people is crucial to our success, and that of our clients, with a skilled, capable, bright team leading us to aspire to greater achievements.

Regardless at whatever stage you join us in your career, from the first footsteps to career changes and advancements, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Coaching, shaping and enhancing your true potential – it’s the JJ Rhatigan way, the best from the best!