Board Members | Enable Ireland

Board Members

The membership of the Board reflects the person centred ethos of the organisation, comprising members, service users, parents and business representatives. All are volunteers and, acting collectively, they must ensure the organisation delivers what it was set up to achieve, upholds its values, remains solvent and is properly managed.

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Enable Ireland Chairman Donal Cashman
Mr Donal Cashman - Enable Ireland Chairman
Area of representation: Business/Community
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Donal is a dairy farmer from Cork and across Europe. He is a former President of the IFA and former president of farm co-ops, both here and in Europe. He has been heavily involved in Rotary and Macra na Feirme. Donal's association with Enable Ireland grew from small steps. In the early days he became involved through his wife’s fundraising activities. Donal acted as Chairman of the Cork branch of Cerebral Palsy Ireland and was elected as Chairman of Enable Ireland in 1993. He is deeply committed to the disability sector in Ireland in which he is a constant and consistent advocate for enhanced services for people with disabilities.

Mr. Michael Berkery
Area of representation: Business/Community
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Michael has 25 years of business experience as CEO of the IFA, the largest farm organisation in the country. He is currently chairman of FBD Holdings plc. He has a wealth of understanding of corporate governance, compliance and commercial company experience. Michael joined the board of Enable Ireland in 2010. He regards his directorship on the Board as a privilege and opportunity to make a small personal contribution to the betterment in quality of life for Enable Ireland services users. 
 

Ms Marie Breen
Area of representation: Stakeholder Director HSE Dublin Mid Leinster
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Marie Breen is the proud mum of Thea. Thea is a cheeky, smiley, noisy and adventurous four and a half year old.  Thea is what doctors call a 'resituated still-born' baby. She suffered a hypoxic brain injury at birth and has Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Visual Impairment. The Brennan family have attended Enable Ireland in Sandymount since February of 2013, when Thea was just six months old. Thea is now finishing up in the 'Little Pals' integrated playschool there and heading off to National school in September.

Marie says that she 'practically lived in Sandymount' for the first three years of Thea's life and the staff and parents there were incredibly good to her and the family. They are what helped them navigate their way through the most difficult years in their lives.

Marie is a Secondary School Deputy Principal with a keen interest in Special Needs Education.  In 2004 she completed the Master's Degree in Special Education in UCD and was seconded from her teaching post to the newly-founded National Council for Special Education (NCSE). Marie worked in the NCSE for seven years, initially as a SENO in the South Dublin Area and then as the Dublin Area Manager. In 2011 Marie moved back into school-life and gave birth to Thea in the August of 2012!

Marie feels honoured to be elected on to the Board of Enable Ireland as a parent's representative. Empathy for parents of children with Special Needs is paramount in Marie's mind and she hopes to work to extend the network of parental support in the area.

Jim Bergin
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Liz Barry
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Mr Padhraic Dormer
Area of representation: Adult Service User Advocacy Group
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Padhraic Dormer is a wheelchair user and attends Enable Ireland services in the Sandyford Centre in Dublin. 
Padhraic first came to Enable Ireland in 2010 and it has become a huge part of his life. He enjoys attending the centre and has made so many friends. 
He has become involved in so many aspects of Enable Ireland and feels empowered by the SPEAK meetings and trying to help make positive changes for all the Service Users who use Enable Ireland. 
He was asked to join the board of directors in 2017 and it has been a huge honour. He looks forward to being able to represent friends and colleagues at the board and hopes that his time on the board will be a positive experience. Padhraic wants to be that person who can help make a difference for his colleagues and friends. 

Mr Diarmuid Duggan
Area of representation: Adult Service User Advocacy Group
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Diarmuid has been with Enable Ireland services since childhood.  He attended the  Lavanagh  Centre in Cork and also was a pupil at the School of the Divine Child.  Diarmuid commenced in adult services in 1993, after leaving school. Throughout his time in adult services, he has been an active participant in various representative groups that worked with management to improve the experience for the service users.   In 2013 Diarmuid joined the National Adult Service User Council, representing Cork Services.  He currently serves as chairperson of this group.

In 2017, Diarmuid was nominated by the Council to the Board of Enable Ireland.  Diarmuid is very proud to be nominated  to  this role and is committed to supporting the Board in its work on behalf of all service users of Enable Ireland.

Mr Stephen Haughey
Area of representation: Parent/Business
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Stephen’s connection to Enable Ireland started because he had two children with Cerebral Palsy. He was first appointed to the board as a Stakeholder Director and his interest was based on having a vested interest in the organisation. Stephen lost one child and still has one child with Cerebral Palsy. He continues to have an interest in the Enable Ireland. As a former Chairman of A & L Goodbody, he is happy to share his expertise with Enable Ireland. Stephen was appointed to the board in 2009.

Mr David Kennedy
Area of representation: Stakeholder Director HSE South
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David Kennedy is an elected member of Kilkenny County Council from Ballyvool, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny. He is married to Angela and they have two children - Jack and Ryan.

David got involved with Enable Ireland when his son Ryan was diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy and began receiving services at the O' Neill Centre in Kilkenny. David believes that without the services that his son is receiving from Enable Ireland, he would not be where he is today, ready to start main stream schooling.

Mr Sean Houston
Area of representation: Business/Community
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As a neighbour of the Enable Ireland Cork Lavanagh Centre, Sean had long been aware of the great work which goes on there. He subsequently became involved in fundraising for Enable Ireland, and joined the board in 2006. Sean brings a wealth of business expertise to Enable Ireland through his position as Managing Director of Printing & Office Supplies company, with 30 years experience. He was also a founder member and Past-Chairman of TARA, Ireland’s largest Office Dealer Group. Sean's fundraising expertise is drawn from his roles as Past-President of Cork Round Table and Past-President of Rotary Club of Cork. 

Mr Terry Landers
Area of representation: Business/Community
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Terry's first contact with Enable Ireland started through a partnership between Microsoft and Enable Ireland in the area of Assistive Technology (AT). With a professional background in Information Technology (IT), Terry recognised the enormous opportunity that AT provides to improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities. He subsequently joined the Board in 2004 and brings a wealth of experience in technology and business affairs. 

Terry is currently Regional Standards Officer for Europe Middle East and Africa at Microsoft. Prior to this he served as Chief Technical Officer of Ericsson Ireland. Terry is also a Board member of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), and Chairman of NSAI’s ICT standards Consultative committee. Terry has also worked with Forfas, Ireland’s advisory body on science and technology policy where he was secretary to  Ireland’s Information Society and Technology Foresight initiatives, and extensively on EU Technology agenda, including EU Framework programmes. 
 

Gemma Lacey
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Related Resources

Enable Ireland Annual Report 2017

Enable Ireland Strategic Plan 2018-2019

Jack's Story