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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

Damian McDonald – IFA

Denis DugganMacra na Feirme

TJ FlanaganICOS


Community & Voluntary

Seán Healy – Social Justice Ireland

Bríd O’Brien – INOU

James Doorley – National Youth Council of Ireland



Karen CiesielskiThe Environmental Pillar

Kate Ruddock – Friends of the Earth

Oonagh DugganBirdwatch Ireland


Public Service

Derek Moran – Department of Finance

Robert WattDepartment of Public Expenditure and Reform

Orlaigh QuinnDepartment of Business Enterprise and Innovation

Feargal O’Coigligh (Acting)Department 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