Our Team

The Staff of the ICSH undertake the delivery and development of its services and programmes.

Dr. Donal McManus

Donal McManus is CEO at the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), the national federation of housing associations. He previously worked in the public/local authority and housing association sectors in Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1991. This comprised working in areas of housing development, self-build and regeneration, housing management and homelessness, as well as being employed in policy and finance. Donal has also worked as an urban designer within the private sector on land assembly and development appraisals.  
 
Previously he had been elected president of the non-profit housing section of Housing Europe, President of the European Housing Forum and FEANTSA. From 2003-2005 he was appointed a member of the UN-ECE Task Force on Social Housing based in Geneva. 
 
He is a graduate in Housing and Industrial Studies from Ulster University and in Urban Design from Strathclyde University School of Architecture Glasgow. He received a  doctorate in Governance from Queens University School of Law, Belfast focusing  on financialisation and the impact of private finance on housing association delivery. He is currently a board member of the Housing Agency and appointed chair of Housing Europe  Internal Market Working Group.
 

Email: donal@icsh.ie

Tel: 01 6618334

Karen Murphy - Director of Policy

Karen Murphy is joint Director of Polcy for the ICSH. Current areas of responsibilities include the delivery of services to members such as advice, information and guidance; policy development including Social Partnership; co-ordination of research, publications and communications. Karen has over twelve years experience working in the voluntary sector in Ireland predominantly in the area of social housing. Academic qualifications include a Masters in European Social Policy Analysis.

Email: karen@icsh.ie

Tel: 01 6618334

Éadaoin Ní Chléirigh - Director of Development Operations

Prior to taking up her position at the ICSH, Éadaoin was CEO of Richmond Barracks. Having proposed the Barracks as a social regeneration project, she oversaw the restoration, and its subsequent opening as a city museum in Inchicore. Éadaoin has a long track record in community development and has led two regeneration projects in Dublin's south inner city.  She has worked with the local authority, community interests and housing associations in the delivery of new social housing and refurbishment projects, as well as spearheading research and sourcing funding for numerous social projects in these areas. Eadaoin’s academic background includes conflict resolution and negotiation, and she holds a masters in Meditation and conflict resolution from NUIM.

Email: eadaoin@icsh.ie

Tel: 01 6618334

Margaret O'Leary - Company Secretary - Administrator

Margaret commenced with the ICSH in 1995 in the all encompassing role of Administrator, when with just two staff members, the programme to develop the Federation nationwide was commenced. With over 20 years experience previously in a similar administrative role with a national organisation, she dealt with the wide variety of Secretariat work this entailed. Currently, while also managing reception Margaret’s administrative priorities are Finance and the ICSH Board of Management. Margaret also acts as the ICSH Company Secretary.

Email: margaret@icsh.ie

Tel: 01 6618334

Catherine McGillycuddy - Membership Development Officer

Catherine is Membership Development Officer with the ICSH. Her main areas of responsibility include overseeing membership affiliation, compiling quarterly HAPM results, co-ordinating education and training courses, the legal registration service and maintaining the ICSH website. Catherine has a degree in social science and a Masters degree in sociology, both from UCC. Her previous work experience in the area of social housing includes working for a voluntary housing association in Kerry and working in the Dublin City Council housing department.

Email: catherine@icsh.ie

Tel: 01 6618334

Kevin Ryan - Compliance Development Officer

Kevin acts as Compliance Development Officer with the ICSH where his responsibilities include assisting members in meeting their compliance and regulatory requirements under the Voluntary Regulation Code and Residential Tenancies Act. He can also assist members with general governance, regulation and compliance advice in areas such as board policy development, requirements under the Charities Regulator and liability for water charges. Kevin also represents social housing interests on the Public Water Forum.
 
In previous roles Kevin has gained experience in economic and social analysis with Dublin City Council and regulation policy with DPI Victoria in Australia.
 
Kevin has an Honours Bachelor degree in Economics and Geography from UCC and has also completed a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning in UCD.
 
Email:: kevin@icsh.ie
 

Tel: 01 6618334

Keelin McCarthy - Housing Management Development Officer

Keelin’s role in ICSH is to assist housing associations with all aspects of their housing management responsibilities This includes assistance with the requirements under the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act (RTA) e.g. registration of tenancies and assistance with dispute processes. Her responsibilities include providing advice and guidance on relevant legislation relating to housing management e.g. RTA, The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations, EU General Data Protection Regulation etc; compiling quarterly and annual HAPM results, development and update of guidance documents; delivering information meetings and seminars and field visits to housing associations where required.

Keelin also has responsibility for ICSH’s Housing Management and Special Needs Working Group and sits on various inter-agency steering groups and committees to feed in to this. 
 
In previous roles Keelin has worked as a Town Planner and has worked with Age Action on their Lifelong Learning Programme. Keelin has an Honours BA Degree in Geography and Philosophy (UCD) and has completed Masters in Sustainable Development (DIT) and in Regional and Urban Planning (UCD).
 
 
Tel: 01 6618334

 

Jill Young - Housing Development Officer

Jill Young is the Housing Development Officer with the ICSH. Jill’s role involves working with housing associations, large and small guiding them through development and finance processes to deliver new housing in sustainable communities. Jill works with local authorities, the private sector and other public bodies to assist with social housing delivery offering information, advice and guidance on all sources of funding including capital and revenue, for the construction, leasing and purchase of homes and housing management.

 

In previous roles Jill has also worked for a large UK Housing Association and before joining the ICSH team in 2016 worked as a Housing Services Manager with a Tier 3 Housing Association; gaining valuable on the ground experience of both Housing Management and Development processes.

 

Jill has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University Belfast and is a Graduate in Housing from the University of Ulster.

 

Email: jillyoung@icsh.ie

 

Tel: 0 6618334

 

Mairéad Holohan - Administration Officer

Mairéad joined the ICSH as Administration Officer in December 2015. She has a wealth of experience from working in the community and voluntary sector for a number of years including working with Disability Federation of Ireland. Mairéad is a Dublin native who has obtained a degree in social science from University College Dublin.
 
Mairéad is responsible for much of the day-to-day administration of the ICSH including invoicing and accounts, event-planning, annual affiliations and Garda vetting. 

Email: mairead@icsh.ie 

Tel: 01 6618334

 

Ken Reid - Information and Communications Co-Ordinator

Ken is responsible for the information and communications function of the ICSH. This includes publishing and distributing digital and print materials for ICSH members and other stakeholders, drafting press briefings and position papers, liaising with members to maximise the flow of information and profile the work of members and the sector collectively and promoting the views of the ICSH to external stakeholders.

 
Ken has extensive experience in the area of information management and information referral and advocacy services and is experienced in managing the lifecycle of technical, research and promotional publications as well as formal training in collating, cataloguing and disseminating information. Ken has longstanding experience in the provision of sensitive advice and information, and building relationships in a multi-sectoral environment.
 
Ken has previously worked for the Children's Rights and the Irish Council for Civil Liberities He has a primary degree in English and Latin, as well as postgraduate qualifications in IT and Technical Communication,  and Child Protection and Welfare.
 
 
Tel: 01 6618334