How We are Run

Inclusion Ireland complies with the Governance Code for Charity Organisations as set out by the Charity Regulator in Ireland.

Inclusion Ireland has a CEO and Board of Directors who make sure that we work in accordance with our values and strategic plan.

What we do


  • We provide information and advice and advocacy support.
  • We produce information leaflets and booklets
  • We share information through our newsletters, website, and social media.
  • We deliver information & training talks
  • We take part in research and consultation to inform our work.
  • We produce reports, submissions, and annual reviews to inform decision making, policy and law.
  • We bring people together, to talk about what equality and rights mean to them, share their experiences, and find ways to promote equality and human rights in communities and services around the country.
  • We organise seminars and conferences
  • We include and support our members in all the work we do
  • We are members of Inclusion International & Inclusion Europe.

Our Team

  • Julie Helen

    Advocacy Project Worker (Cork)

  • Enda Egan


  • Patricia O’Connell

    Finance and Governance Lead

  • Mark O’Connor

    Community Engagement Manager

  • Robert Murtagh

    Advocacy (Policy) Coordinator

  • Alex Kearney

    Administrative & Membership Officer

  • Paul Alford

    Self-Advocacy Project Worker

  • Noirin Clancy

    Advocacy Project Worker (Sligo)

  • Barry Lynch

    Advocacy Project Worker (Sligo)

  • Mary Lee

    Support & Information Officer

  • Petria Malone

    Advocacy Project Worker

Our Board of Directors

Stephen Kealy

has been a Board member since May 2015 and is a former Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland. Stephen is a clinical psychologist and is a former editor of Frontline magazine.

Francis Coughlan

has been a member of Inclusion Ireland’s board since May 2015. Francis is the CEO of SOS Kilkenny, a service for people with an intellectual disability.

David Girvan

is a father of a young adult lady with a profound intellectual disability requiring extensive support.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree with extensive career experience ranging from self-employed businessman to country manager of a large US multinational.

Sarah Jane Lavin

joined the board of Inclusion Ireland in 2018. Sarah Jane is a self-advocate and a member of Inclusion Ireland’s Self-Advocacy Sub-Committee.

David Fraughan

joined the Inclusion Ireland Board in 2018. David is a self-advocate and the Munster representative of the Steering Committee of the National Platform of Self-Advocates.

Marian McNamara

is Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee and Deputy Chairperson. Marian is a senior executive with extensive experience across financial services with specific skills in Private and Corporate Banking and Insolvency.

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