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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In 1994 he was appointed as Head of Raidió na Gaeltachta based in Casla, County Galway. In 2000 Pól was appointed Director General of TG4 and he spent more than sixteen years in that post. He resigned from this post in September 2016. He was appointed Chairperson of Foras na Gaeilge in December 2016.

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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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He is an Irish-medium teacher, working in Gaelscoil Phádraig Naofa in Crossmaglen and was appointed a Sinn Féin councillor in 2014.

He is married to Rosemary and they have four children, Róise, Ríona, Naoise and Lorcán.

Barry is a member of St. Michael’s Football Club, Newtownhamilton, and he trains young players and is a club officer.

He is a member of the Irish Bowling Association and is on the committee of Gaelphobal Ard Mhacha Theas since its foundation.

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Conor McGuinness                                                       

Position: Board Member                                                                                                                     

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

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Biography: Conor McGuinness is a public representative who lives in Gaeltacht na nDéise 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. He has worked on programmes for RTÉ and TG4 and he did his training with the independent television production company Nemeton. 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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Conor is an elected member of Waterford Council and represents Gaeltacht na nDéise, Dungarvan and West Waterford. He has experience of voluntary board membership, having spend a year as a member of NUI Galway’s university authority. He is a board member and vice-chair of Dungarvan Credit Union and an elected officer of his trade union

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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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Máire is very interested in community matters and in the arts. She is very active as a voluntary worker with the Irish language and in the Gaeltacht and in language and culture organisations outside of the Gaeltacht. She is a secretary of Aisteoirí an Spidéil drama society and is chairperson of Éigse an Spidéil. She is a former chairperson of Cumann Merriman and she is still ón the society’s committee. She spent long time ón the board of Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta. She is the chairperson of Fóram Chois Fharraige um Phleanáil Teanga, the language planning forum in Cois Fharraige, given the responsibility by the Department of the Gaeltacht for the preparation of a language plan for the Cois Fharraige area. She was part of the working group that compiled Plean Teanga an Spidéil, the language plan for an Spidéal, which was published in 2011. She is often to be heard in the broadcast and visual media as a commentator on contemporary Irish language and Gaeltacht issues.

*The “One Person One Salary Principle” applies to those public servants who fall within circular E109/247/74 issued by the Irish Government’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This means that such personnel do not receive fees for their membership of boards.

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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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She is a director of the McCracken Cultural Society and she acts as treasurer for the organisation at present. She is a member of St. Enda’s GAC and has been recently appointed as Child Protection Officer. Maighréad has been a member of Sinn Féin for a number of years and she has a keen interest in politics.

Maighréad has one son, Oisín Rosa who is 10 years of age, and both of them are very interested in the Irish language and culture. Maighréad is very active in Irish language development work and in Irish medium education in Belfast city and the surrounding area.

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Sorcha Ní Chéide

Sorcha Ní Chéide

Position: Board Member

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

Fee: €7,695 / £5,235

Sorcha Ní Chéide is from Leitir Móir in County Galway. She has spent most of her life to now acting. She spent ten years working with Ros na Rún and after that with many independent companies providing programmes to stations such as TG4, RTÉ and TV3. Sorcha is very interested in acting and writing in Irish and in media, and as such she has gained an honours degree in Communication in the University of Ireland Galway, as well as a Higher Diploma in Applied Irish (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology) and in Drama (University of Ireland Galway). She has done much work with young people in the Gaeltacht in the last ten years as a drama teacher and dance teacher who is registered with the Irish Dancing Commission.


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.   

Five vacancies from Government of Ireland to be confirmed.

Board Minutes

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