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The Council


Martin Fraser – Department of the Taoiseach

Elizabeth Canavan, Deputy Chair:  – Department of the Taoiseach


Business & Employers

Maeve McElwee – IBEC

Ian Talbot – Chambers Ireland

Tom Parlon – Construction Industry Federation


Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Kevin CallinanFórsa

Patricia King – ICTU

Joe Cunningham – SIPTU


Farming & Agriculture

John EnrightIrish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA)

Damian McDonaldIFA

TJ FlanaganICOS


Community & Voluntary

Seán Healy – Social Justice Ireland

Bríd O’Brien – INOU

James Doorley – National Youth Council of Ireland



Karen CiesielskiThe Environmental Pillar

Caroline WhyteFeasta

Oonagh DugganBirdwatch Ireland


Public Service

John HoganDepartment of Finance

David Moloney – (Acting Secretary General) Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Orlaigh QuinnDepartment of Business Enterprise and Innovation

Graham DoyleDepartment of Housing, Planning and Local Government


Independent Nominees

Prof Edgar Morgenroth – Dublin City University (DCU)

Dr Michelle Norris – UCD Geary Institute

Prof Eleanor DennyTrinity College Dublin

Prof Paul DonnellyTechnological University Dublin (TU Dublin)

Prof Geraint EllisQueens University, Belfast

Dr Sinead O’FlanaganMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Philip Hamell