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The Council


John Callinan – Department of the Taoiseach

Elizabeth Canavan, Deputy Chair:  – Department of the Taoiseach


Business & Employers

Gerard Brady – Ibec

Ian Talbot – Chambers Ireland

Hubert Fitzpatrick – Construction Industry Federation


Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Kevin CallinanFórsa

Owen Reidy – 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

Nat O’Connor Age Action



Karen CiesielskiThe Environmental Pillar

Caroline WhyteFeasta

Jerry Mac Evilly Friends of the Earth


Public Service

John HoganDepartment of Finance

David MoloneyDepartment of Public Expenditure and Reform

Orlaigh QuinnDepartment of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Graham DoyleDepartment of Housing, Local Government and Heritage


Independent Nominees

Mr Seamus Coffey University College Cork

Professor Niamh Moore CherryUniversity College Dublin

Dr Diarmuid Torney Dublin City University 

Dr Chris Van Egeraat Maynooth University 

Professor Colin ScottUniversity College Dublin

Noelle O Connell European Movement

Nicola Mallon – Ex MLA in the NI Assembly

Colette Byrne – Ex Kilkenny County Council