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

The Interim Chair is Ms Emer Egan, former Deputy Chief Inspector in the Department of Education. Ms Egan's experience encompasses both operational and policy-advice roles across a range of areas, including curriculum, teacher education, and the evaluation of schools and early years settings. She has also represented the Department, at various times, on State and regulatory boards, at both national and European levels.

Title Name
Interim Chairperson Emer Egan
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
The Irish Second-Level Students' Union Emer Neville
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