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Governance Structure

Patron: Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland  

President: Brendan Halligan

Vice Presidents: Adrian Burke, Tom Haughey, Una O’Dwyer, Nora Owen

Chairperson: Ruairí Quinn

Director General: Michael Collins

Board of Directors: Conor Brady, Brendan Butler, John Bruton, Brian Cowen, Pat Cox, Marie Cross, Catherine Day, David Gunning, Patrick Honohan, Kevin Keary, Peter McLoone, Terry Neill, Terence O’Rourke, Ruairí Quinn, Marie Sinnott, David Carson and Gervaise Slowey.

Our board members’ biographies are listed here.

Company Secretary: Marie Sinnott

Treasurer: Brendan Butler

Fellows: Tony Brown, Pat Cox, Marie Cross, Helen Donoghue, Paul Gallagher, Eamon Gilmore, Katherine Meenan, Pádraig Murphy

Comité d’Honneur: Enda Kenny, John Bruton, David Byrne, Brian Cowen, Pat Cox, Ray MacSharry, Charles McCreevy, Michael O’Kennedy, Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese, Bertie Ahern and Maire Geoghegan Quinn

Honorary Life Members: Adrian Burke, Professor Patrick Keatinge, Derry O‘Hegarty, Dr Con Power, Dr David Williamson and Geraldine Byrne Nason