Board

Chairperson: Pól Ó Gallchóir 

Pól Ó Gallchóir

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2016 – 12/12/2021

Fee: €11,970 / £8,140

Biography: Pól Ó Gallchóir was born in Gaoth Dobhair in County Donegal. He attended University of Ireland Galway. He was appointed a journalist in the RTÉ news room in Donnybrook in 1980. In 1987 he was appointed as regional officer with Raidió na Gaeltachta based in Doirí Beaga.

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Vice-Chairperson: Barra Ó Muirí                                                                                                                                        

Barra Ó Muirí

Barra Ó Muirí

Term of Appointment: 7/07/2016 – 12/12/2021

Fee: €9,830 / £6,690

Biography: Barra was born and raised in Newtownhamilton, south Armagh. He attended St. Patrick’s College in Armagh and gained an honours degree in Irish in St. Mary’s University College, Belfast in 2002. He spent a year as President of the Students’ Union in St. Mary’s University College as well.                                                               

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Conor McGuinness                                                       

Position: Board Member                                                                                                                     

Conor McGuinness

Term of Appointment: 24/6/2016 – 23/6/2021

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Biography: 

Conor McGuinness is a political activist who lives in the Decies Gaeltacht, an Rinn in west Waterford. He obtained a bachelor degree in Irish from the National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as a master’s degree in public advocacy and activism. His background is in the television production sector, and he has worked on programmes for  RTÉ and TG4. Conor spent a period of time in the Basque Country working with young people as part of a trilingual education project, where he had the opportunity to become familiar with that country’s language policy and activism. 

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Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh                                                           

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh

Position: Board Member                                                                                                                     

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2015 – 12/12/2019

Fee: N/A*

Biography: 

Snapped up at the young age of 18, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has worked in RTÉ as a TV and radio presenter and ambassador for the national broadcaster. Bláthnaid has an obvious talent for interviews and is most comfortable relating to the public, with her passion in driving stories being her ultimate goal. At any opportunity she stresses the importance of recognising oppression and sharing information with the audience. 

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Grainne McElwain

Position: Board Member                                                                                                                     

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Gráinne McElwain

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2015 – 12/12/2019  

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235                                        

Biography: Gráinne McElwain hails from Ballinode in Co. Monaghan. Born in Canada she returned to Ireland aged four and attended the local primary school in Tydavnet NS before receiving her second level education in St. Louis Convent in Monaghan Town. A graduate of Humanities in Irish and History from the University of Ulster she received her Higher Diploma in Teaching from UCD and spent a number of years as a secondary school teacher in both Monaghan and Dublin.

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Máire Ní Neachtain

Position: Board Member

Máire Ní Neachtain

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2016 – 12/12/2020

Fee: N/A*

Biography: Máire Ní Neachtain is from Baile an tSagairt in an Spidéal in the Cois Fharraige Gaeltacht. She is Head of the Irish Department and Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Arts in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Irish language sociolinguistics and Irish language drama are her most important research areas agus she Works in the field of Irish language acquisition as a first language. 

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Seán Ó hArgáin

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Seán Ó hArgáin

Position: Board Member

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2015 – 12/12/2019      

Fee: N/A*                                                                  

Biography: Seán Ó hArgáin is from Waterville but has been living in Kilkenny for fourteen years. He has been principal of Gaelscoil Osraí from 2008, where he had been teaching since 2002. This is a twenty-two teacher school established in 1984. Seán is also a board member and former Chairperson of Coláiste Pobail Osraí, the second-level Irish-medium school in the city. Seán is a director of Gaelscoileanna Teo. and is at present Public Relations Officer.

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Seán Mícheál Ó Dómhnaill

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Seán Micheál Ó Dómhnaill

Position: Board Member (reappointment)

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2011 – 12/12/2019

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Biography: Seán Mícheál was born in Leac Chonaill in the parish of Ardara, Co. Donegal in 1951. He received his formal education in Scoil Náisiúnta Leac Chonaill, Coláiste Éinde, Galway and St. Patrick’ College, Drumcondra, Dublin.

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Seán Ó Coistealbha

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Position: Board Member

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2015 – 12/12/2019

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Biography: Seán Ó Coistealbha has been Principle Officer of Muintearas from 1996. He has spent thirty years working with Muintearas, where he started working as Youth Manager in 1985. He has considerable experience in community development, education and the Irish language. He has published two poetry books, Stadhan in 2012 and Dídean in 2002. He has been closely involved in Irish language theatre since 1980, taking many parts in plays with the Taibhdhearc and Aisteoirí an Spidéil.

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 Mairéad Farrell

Mairéad Farrell

Position: Board Member

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2016 – 12/12/2016

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Biography: Mairéad is 27 years of age and lives in Galway City. She gained an international BA in Economics and History from University of Ireland, Galway, in 2012. 

She has a Science Masters in Enterprise Management and Financial Governance from Queen’s University, Belfast. She is working as a city councillor in Galway since she was elected in May 2014. As well as that she is working as a financial derivative on financial derivatives in a bank.

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Maighréad Ní Chonghaile

Position: Board Member

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2016 – 12/12/2021

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Maighréad Ní Chonghaile

Biography: Maighréad was born and raised in north Belfast. She attended the University of Ulster where she gained a degree in Irish. She spent some years working as Irish Language Development Officer with the McCracken Cultural Society in north Belfast before she went to St. Mary’s University College to gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Maighréad was appointed as a Gaelscoil teacher in a newly established school on the outskirts of the city, Gaelscoil Éanna, in 2008. She went on to gain the Principal’s Leadership Qualification and she was appointed as principal in the school, which continues to grow and develop in 2012.

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Sorcha Ní Chéidigh

Sorcha Ní Chéidigh

Position: Board Member

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2016 – 12/12/2020

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

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Niall Iósaf Ó Gallochobhair

Position: Board Member

Term of Appointment: 13/12/2016 – 12/12/2021

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Niall Iósaf Ó Gallochobhair

Biography: Niall was born and reared in Lifford in east Donegal, a small town located close to the border with Tyrone. 

He attended University of Ireland, Galway, where he gained a primary degree in Irish and History, as well as a master’s degree in journalism as well. Niall is working now as a political advisor and constituency manager with the Dáil Deputy Pearse Doherty. He is very interested in politics and current affairs.

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Appointments

Three appointments from Northern Ireland to be confirmed.   

Board Minutes

Board minutes are available here.