The Board of Management of Saoirse Housing Association Ltd is made up of a mixture of statutory, local community group representatives, local professionals and also members from the private sector in more recent times. It meets every 6 weeks and also consists of Staffing and Fundraising Sub Groups.
Garret Byrne, Chairman and Director of the Board
Garret Byrne has been a member of the board since 2012 and was appointed chairperson in 2016. He is a practising barrister, specialising in financial services, insolvency and company law. He also lectures on the Law Society Diplomas in Finance Law and in Compliance and Risk Management. He graduated with a BCL (European Legal Studies) degree from UCD, with a year spent at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. He also holds a degree of Barrister at Law from the Kings Inns.
David Laird, Director of the Board
An experienced businessman who has served on boards of many companies throughout his career, David has extensive experience of successfully managing businesses, both start-ups and medium-size organisations. He is currently non-executive chairman of two businesses in Ireland and also works as a business consultant and business investor. He is enthusiastic in the pursuit of the strategic goals of Saoirse and is committed to the ongoing expansion of Saoirse’s services.
Sandra Byrne, Director of the Board
Sandra has worked in the area of social care for over 15 years with experience of working in the area of disability, social justice, addiction, family law and child protection and welfare. She has worked in the field of violence against women for many years and has worked in a Women’s Refuge. Sandra is currently working in the area of child welfare assessment and intervention, to include children who are living with domestic abuse.
Sandra is always interested in being part of the conversation around gender equality, civil rights and social action.
Daren O’Neill, Director of the Board
Daren O’Neill is CEO of Tallaght West Credit Union, and has spent 25 years working mainly in the Credit Union sector in Ireland, the UK and Australia. During this time he has served in various roles including marketing, branch manager, interim management and as an independent consultant. He was also an owner-director of an Insurance Brokerage.
Daren graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Marketing Management from TU Dublin, and is a Qualified Financial Advisor. He has recently completed a Masters in Social and Cooperative Enterprise in UCC. He has a long history of volunteer and community involvement, including as an instructor in the Civil Defence, as a Credit Union Director and Supervisor, as a committee member for the Irish Foster Care Association, and as treasurer of his local Scout group.
Mark Brennan, Director of the Board
Mark is a project leader with Barnardos and runs a child & family support service in Tallaght. He has worked extensively in the area of social care in both a voluntary and paid capacity since 1991 and holds a BA in Applied Social Care Practice. He has experience working in the areas of disability, residential care, early years, youth work, parenting & crisis support, child protection & welfare and Traveller family & community support.
He has previously served as chairperson of the Ballyfermot Traveller Action Project and was a co-founder and chairperson of the Ballyfermot Network Challenging Violence against Women. Mark is currently acting chairperson of South Dublin County Childcare Committee and volunteers as a Meitheal facilitator for Tusla, the Child & Family Agency.
As well as supporting children and families actively or previously affected by domestic violence, Mark also advocates for early intervention and prevention and assisting families to build on their strengths to meet the needs of their children.
Aiden J. Lawler Director of the Board
After graduating from UCD in 1977 Aidan entered the accountancy profession. In 1981 Aidan was appointed as Financial Controller of a prominent shipping agency with offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. In 1998 Aidan was promoted to Managing Director and ultimately became the largest shareholder.
Aidan retired from the business in 2017 but has been retained in a consultancy capacity specialising in the negotiation and management of large volume shipping contracts for commodities.In 2017 Aidan was called to The Bar of Ireland and has been practising since as a Barrister in the areas of Law of Contract and Personal Injuries.
Board of Directors
Garret Byrne (Chairman)
David LairdMark Brennan
Aiden J Lawler
Kirsten Byrne (Board Member – not a Director)