Private: All-Party Consultation Group

Heather Humphreys was appointed as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in July 2014. A native of Cootehill, Co. Cavan, she was elected to Dail Eireann in the 2011 general election in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency and opreviously served on Monaghan County Council, to which she was twice re-elected in 2004 and 2009. In 2009 she was elected as Mayor of Monaghan County Council. She was previously Chair of the Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on Planning and Economic Development and also served on the Council’s An Coiste Gaeilge. Prior to her election to Dáil Éireann she was manager of Cootehill Credit Union, and prior to being appointed as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, she was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, the Joint Administration Committee and as a member of the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE). Heather also served on the All Party Consultation Group on Commemorations and as Chairperson of the Internal Fine Gael Finance Commitee.


Minister Heather Humphreys T.D.

The All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations was re-established after the formation of the current government by Minister Jimmy Deenihan. It has been formed with equal representation from all parties in the Oireachtas as well as independents. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss forthcoming commemorations and enables the Minister to ensure that commemorative events are conducted on a non-partisan, inclusive basis. To further that goal, in 2013 Minister Deenihan invited the SDLP to nominate representatives to the committee. The committee is regularly attended by officials from the Department of the Taoiseach, the OPW, the Department of the Environment, Dublin City Council and other Departments and bodies as appropriate.

Deputy Chairperson

Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordán T.D.

Aodhán Ó Ríordán is Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality, a position he has held since July 2015. From Dublin, he was first elected a TD in February 2011 having previously served as a member of Dublin City Council from 2004. Prior to his appointment as a Minister of State he served as Vice Chair of the Committee on Education and Social Protection and a member of the Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform Committee and the Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee. He served as Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin in 2006, during which time he launched the ‘Right to Read Campaign’ in an effort to challenge the poor literacy rates in disadvantaged areas. Before 2011 he worked as a teacher and principal in St Laurence O’Toole’s GNS in Sheriff Street and has been involved in a wide varisety of social justice initiatives throughout his career.

Deputy Chairperson

Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordán T.D.

Originally from Donegal, Michael Conaghan lives in Ballyfermot with his wife Marian and two children. He has been a member of the Labour Party since 1990 and was elected to Dublin City Council in 1991 to represent the Ballyfermot ward. He had been the chairman of the City of Dublin VEC for many years. He was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin at the City Council meeting on 21 June 2004. He was Dublin’s 375th Lord Mayor from June 2004 to June 2005. Michael is a teacher by profession and was vice-principal of Inchicore College of Further Education. He is a supporter of issues relating to the arts, heritage and culture. During his term in office as Mayor, Michael paid particular attention to community policing and sought to establish a specific council committee to deal with issues relating to social justice and equality.

Senator Mark Daly

Mark Daly was elected to Seanad Éireann on the Administrative Panel in July 2007. Since his election to Seanad Éireann Senator Daly has been appointed as Senate Spokesperson on Overseas Development and Deputy Government Spokesperson on Innovation, Office of Public Works and Youth Affairs. He is also a member of the Joint Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Human Rights. In February 2008 Senator Daly travelled to the Middle East as part of the Irish all-party parliamentary delegation to Israel and the West Bank, meeting with all the main participants in the conflict as well as with Irish and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In April 2011 he was re-elected to the Seanad.

Senator Jim D’Arcy

Jim D’Arcy is Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Skills. He was first elected to Louth County Council in 1999 and Dundalk Town Council in 2004, and was nominated to Seanad Eireann by An Taoiseach in 2011. A former school principal, he is a member of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and also sits on the North/South Parliamentary Body responsible for the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. In January 2014 he was appointed as the Government representative on the Council of Europe.

Ms Anne Ferris T.D.

Anne Ferris is a Labour Party T.D. from County Wicklow. From Bray, she has worked as a public representative for more than fifteen years. In 2007—08 she was elected as Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, making her only the second woman ever to be appointed to the office.

Dinny McGinley T.D.

Dinny McGinley T.D. was born and raised in Gweedore, Co. Donegal, and represents the constituency of Donegal South West. He has been a member of the Irish National Teachers Organisation since 1965, was a member of Comhairle Raidio na Gaeltachta between 1977 and 1980, and was first elected to the Dáil in 1982. He has held a range of Party Front Bench and Oireachtas positions, including Spokesperson for the Arts, Heritage and Defence. In October 2007, he was appointed Deputy Spokesperson on Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs and subsequently served as Minister of State for the Gaeltacht. He was Chairman of An Comhchoiste don Ghaeilge (Oireachtas Committee on the Irish Language) from 1995 to 1997. He is also a former member of the Joint Oireachtas Committees on Social Affairs and on Small Business and has been a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Body since 1993.

Ms Catherine Murphy T.D.

Catherine Murphy is an Independent T.D. from Leixlip in County Kildare. She was re-elected to Dáil Éireann in February 2011, having served as a Teachta Dála (T.D.) for the Kildare North constituency from 2005 to 2007. Catherine is a member of the board of directors of TASC, which is an independent think-tank dedicated to combating Ireland’s high level of economic inequality and ensuring that public policy has equality at its core. Ms Murphy has campaigned on issues such as unregulated estate & property management, childcare provisions and inefficient public services.

Mr Aengus Ó Snodaigh T.D.

Aengus was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He was Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Social Protection, Justice, Equality and International Affairs in the 30th Dáil. In the same Dáil he was party whip and was on several Oireachtas committees. A member of the Ballyfermot Drugs Taskforce, Aengus is also treasurer of Bluebell Community Development Project (CDP) and a board member of Liberties Recycling. A committed community activist, Aengus has never shied away from speaking his mind and being active on local and national issues. A fluent Irish-speaker, Aengus now lives in Bluebell with his wife, Aisling, and their three children.

Ms Maureen O’Sullivan T.D.

Maureen O’Sullivan is a native of Dublin’s East Wall, and formerly worked as an English and History teacher and guidance counsellor in a secondary school in Baldoyle, a position she held for 30 years. Ms O’Sullivan was a member of Tony Gregory T.D.’s local political organisation in the 1970s, where she served as his director of elections. She was co-opted onto Dublin City Council for the North Inner City area from September 2008 to June 2009 after the retirement of Mick Rafferty. After the death of Tony Gregory she won the resulting by-election, which was held on the same day as the local elections. Ms O’Sullivan was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2011 general election.

Senator Kathryn Reilly

Kathryn Reilly is from Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan, and was educated at Crosskeys N.S. and Virginia Vocational School. She is an Honours graduate from Dublin City University, where she completed a degree in Economics, Politics and Law, and has also graduated with a Master’s Degree in European Economic and Public Affairs from University College Dublin. Prior to her election to the Seanad in 2011, Kathryn worked as a policy adviser to Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Arthur Morgan T.D. Kathryn was the principal researcher for a report commissioned and published by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment on creating jobs in the agri-food sector. The report examined the creation of new employment opportunities using indigenous resources, including actions to develop new rural enterprises and to promote the development of new products, and looked at issues such as country-of-origin labelling.

Senator Mary White

Mary is a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, having co-founded Lir Chocolates in 1987. Member of the Irish Exporters’ Association. Council Member of International Trade of Ireland. Member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. Chairwoman of the President’s Award – Gaisce 1999–2001. Dublin Chamber of Commerce Representative on the Dublin City Council Development and General Strategic Policy Committee. Member of An Bord Bia 1997 to date. Elected member to the Council of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce 1996–2001. Member of the Board of the National College of Art and Design 1993–96. Member of the Higher Education Authority 1990–95. Member of the Dublin City Enterprise Board Evaluation Committee 1993–97. Fianna Fáil National Executive member 1993–98. Member of Fianna Fáil since 1983.

Mr P.J. Bradley

P.J. Bradley(SDLP) was an elected SDLP representative from 1982 to 2011.He was appointed to the All Party Commemorations Group by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD. He was an inaugural member of the Co. Clare / Newry and Mourne Twinning Group, and was SDLP apokesman on Agriculture in the Northern Ireland assembly (1998-2011). Other key interests include working closely with the Irish diaspora. He has strong ties with the revolutionary period. His mother was an active member of Cumann na mBan, whilst his uncle was Brigade Staff Officer of the Corrags Company (4th Northern Division).