National Board & Sub Groups

Youth Work Ireland have an ambitious agenda in relation to youth participation which seeks to involve young people in the decision making within our organisation. We are proud to say that fifty per cent of our National Board is made up of young people. 

Youth Work Ireland National Board Members

Eoghan O'Neill, President, Youth Work Ireland Galway
Claire Barkey, Staff Panel, Youth Work Ireland Monaghan
Mairead Coady, Youth Panel, Ossory Youth
Cormac Doran, Co-opted
Catherine Durkin, Co-opted
Fintan Dwyer, Youth Panel, Youth Work Ireland Tipperary
Pat Forde, Staff Panel, North Connaught Youth Service
Christina Fogarty, Staff Panel, Waterford & South Tipperary Community Youth Service
Geraldine Lacey,  Staff Panel, Youth Work Ireland Midlands
Padraid Lewis, Volunteer Panel, Youth Work Ireland Laois
Abigail Mahon, Youth Panel, Kildare Youth Services
Meaghan McCarthy, Youth Panel, Kildare Youth Services
Paul McCusker, Treasurer, Donegal Youth Service
Bryan McMahon, Company Secretary, Youth Panel, Clare Youth Service
Bill Thompson, Volunteer Panel, Youth Work Ireland Meath

National Board Sub Groups

Integrated Youth Services Sub Group

The Integrated Youth Services Sub Group are tasked to over see the implementation of Objective 1 (Strengthen our Intergrated Youth Services Model) and Objective 2 (Improve and Share our Youth Work Practice) of Youth Work Ireland’s Strategic Plan. The Sub Group will develop and implement a Work Plan to assist in reaching these objectives and will report to the National Board on a regular basis. The sub group is made up of no more than 11 full members drawn from among the Regional Directors Network. Membership of the Sub-Group is for a period of no more than three years.  The term of the Chair of the group will terminate when their period of services on the Board ceases after 3 years.  In that event a new chair will be appointed by the Board. The Sub group may seek expert help from time to time.

Members of the Integrated Youth Services Sub Group:

Christian Fogarty (Chair)
Tom Dunne, Kildare Youth Services
Geraldine Lacey, Youth Work Ireland Midands
Kevin Matthews, Youth Work Ireland Louth
Mary Mescal, Ossory Youth
Liam Moroney, Youth Work Ireland Roscommon N.E. Galway
Irene Murphy, Youth Work Ireland Galway
Fiona O'Grady, Limerick Youth Service
Bronagh O'Neill, Canals Community Regional Youth Service
Lorraine Thompson, Donegal Youth Service

 

Strengthening the Federation Sub Group

This Sub Group is tasked go oversee the implementation of Objective 5 (Finances & Resources) and 6 (Acting Together for Greater Impact) of Youth Work Ireland’s Strategic Plan. The Sub Group will develop and Implement a Work Plan to assist in reaching this objective and report to the National Board on a regular basis to achieve these objectives. This Sub Group also plan and organise the agenda for the Regional Director’s Forum. The sub group is made up of no more than 11 full members drawn from among the Regional Directors Network. Membership of the Sub-Group is for a period of no more than three years.  The term of the Chair of the group will terminate when their period of services on the Board ceases after 3 years.  In that event a new chair will be appointed by the Board. The Sub group may seek expert help from time to time.

Member of the Strengthening the Federation Sub Group

Claire Barkey, Youth Work Ireland Monaghan (Chair)
Clive Davis, Youth Work Ireland Laois
Kieran Donohoe, FDYS Youth Work Ireland
Cora Horgan, Youth Work Ireland Tipperary
Sarajane Jordan, Youth Work Ireland Co. Longford
Eleanor O'Sullivan, Youth Work Ireland Cork
Tim O'Donoghue, KDYS
Chris Fogarty, Waterford & Sth. Tipperary Community Youth Service
Brian Williams, CDYS Youth Work Ireland

 

Finance & General Purposes Sub Committee

The purpose of the Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee is to advise and direct on the management of financial and other resources together with Human Resource Management. Members of the group are nominated on an annual basis by the membership of the National Board of Directors and will always include the Chairperson of the National Board, the Treasurer and Volunteer and Senior Management Representatives, the Chief Executive and National Services Manager will be in attendance.  Further co-options are permissible with the approval of the full board and these co-options will be explicitly for the introduction of particular skills and expertise to the group.  The group will meet between full meetings of the National Board normally two weeks in advance of board meetings.  Members are responsible for the prudent financial management of the organisation, the effective management of personnel within the organisation and the organisation and management of resources and assets available to the organisation.

Members of the Finance & General Purposes Sub Committee

Mairead Cluskey, Youth Work Ireland President
Geraldine Lacey, Youth Work Ireland Midlands
Paul McClusker, Youth Work Ireland National Board
Eoghan O'Neill, Youth Work Ireland National Board
Bill Thompson, Youth Work Ireland National Board

 

Safe Guarding - Child Protection Sub Group

This Sub Group is tasked to ensure that Youth Work Ireland has the relevant child protection policies, procedures, systems, documents, trainings and supports for  in place across all the organisations.  The group must ensure that work is carried out to put in place the appropriate policies, procedures, systems, documents, trainings and supports in place across all the organisations making up and being part of the Federation. The group is also tasked to:

  • Review the annual audit of Child Protection Compliance, and make relevant additions to the work plan as needed.
  • Develop an annual plan of work for the sub group, to be presented to the Board for approval.
  • Report to the board on Child Protection issues impacting on the Federal Organisation
  • Manage the relationship between HSE, DCYA, the Family and Children Support Agency, An Garda Siochana and any other relevant national body having responsibility for Child Protection.
  • Manage the relationship between National Office (NO) and members who are in receipt of funding for Garda Diversion projects.

Members of the Child Protection Sub Group

Pat Forde, North Connaught Youth Services (Chair)
Patrick Bookle, Ossory Youth
Chris Fogarty, Waterford & Sth. Tipperary Community Youth Services
Geri Hogarty, Youth Work Ireland Meath
Charlene Logue, Donegal Youth Service
Carmel O'Neill, Youth Work Ireland Tipperary
Kathryn Wall, Carlow Regional Youth Services

 

National Youth Action Group (for more information on the NYAG, click here>>)

The National Youth Action Group (NYAG) is made up of young people from various Member Youth Services in Youth Work Ireland. 

The aims of NYAG are:

  • Be a sub group of the national board to 'youth proof' Youth Work Ireland activities.
  • Ensuring youth membership of the national board
  • Ensuring voting rights for young people at Youth Work Ireland's Annual General Meeting
  • Connecting with young people all over Ireland so that they are listened to and their voices are heard!

Members of the National Youth Action Group 

Meaghan McCarthy - Chair (Kildare Youth Services)
Abigal Mahon (Kildare Youth Services)
Tiernan Murray (Youth Work Ireland Meath)
Ciara Hickey (Youth Work Ireland Tipperary)
Sive Murray (Youth Work Ireland Meath)
Chloe Sheehan (Kildare Youth Service)
Ailbhe Kennedy 
Chelsea Ryan Gibson (Youth Work Ireland Tipperary)
Fintan O'Dwyer (Youth Work Ireland Tipperary)
Michael Ward (Youth Work Ireland Galway)