Council 2022-2026

Council 2022-2026

The Council is a representative structure. The membership is determined by the Minister for Education. The 25-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

Interim Chairperson:
The Interim Chairperson, Professor Mary O’Sullivan, teacher educator at University of Limerick, has previously served on the Executive of the Teaching Council and on their Education Committee, and currently serves on the Medical Council with a focus on Education and Training. A former Post-Primary teacher in Cork, Professor O’Sullivan has among her many roles, served as Inaugural Dean of Education and Health Sciences at UL and Associate Dean of Education at Ohio State University.

Title Name
Interim Chairperson Prof. Mary O’Sullivan
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 Meadbh Costello – interim appointee
Irish Congress of Trade Unions Brian Tubbert
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