Council 2022-2026

Council 2022-2026

The Council is a representative structure. The membership is determined by the Minister for Education. The 26 member council comprises nominees of the partners in education, industry and trade union interests, parents’ organisations and one nominee each of the Minister for Education and the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. The members of the Council, who were appointed by the Minister to 28 February, 2026, are listed here.

Click here to access Press Release from DE on appointment of NCCA Council 2022-2026

Click here to access Press release from DE regarding the addition of the Irish Second Level Students’ Union to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Chairperson- Seán Ó Foghlú

Seán Ó Foghlú is a Senior Fellow in Public Policy in the Social Sciences Institute in Maynooth University. He is supporting research, teaching and civic engagement, relating to public policy development and implementation and is working across the university in advancing the aims of the university in this regard.

He was Secretary General of the Department of Education for 10 years until February 2022. He has 30 years of experience in Irish civil and public service, including four at Assistant Secretary level in the Department of Education and seven years as chief executive of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

Title Name
Chairperson Seán Ó Foghlú
Nominee of the Minister for Education Teresa Hagan
Nominee of the Minister of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Sheila Garrity
Joint Managerial Body – Deputy Chairperson Michael Redmond
Joint Managerial Body– Ordinary member Patricia Gordon
Irish National Teachers Organisation-Ordinary member Mairin Ni Chéileachair
Irish National Teachers Organisation – Deputy Chairperson Joe McKeown
Irish National Teachers Organisation – Ordinary member Carmel Browne
Education and Training Boards Ireland Anne McHugh
Catholic Primary School Management Association Rory D’Arcy
National Association of Boards of Management in Special Education Finn Ó Murchú
Church of Ireland Board of Education Joyce Perdue
Irish Federation of University Teachers Deirdre Ní Mhurchú
Ibec Claire McGee
Irish Congress of Trade Unions Brian Tubbert
The Irish Second-Level Students' Union Caitlin-Faye Maniti
Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools Denis Ring
National Parents’ Council (Primary) Clare Downey
National Parents’ Council (Post-primary) Martina O’Shea
Foras na Gaeilge Edel Ní Chorráin
State Examinations Commission Elaine Sheridan
Department of Education Orlaith O’Connor
Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland Deirdre MacDonald
Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland Ed Byrne
Teachers’ Union of Ireland David Duffy
Teachers’ Union of Ireland Liz Farrell