Board of Management

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

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.


Board of Directors

Garret Byrne (Chairman)
David Laird
Mark Brennan
Rebecca Molloy
Daren O’Neill
Vikki Hughes
Ger Bradley
Sandra Byrne
Kirsten Byrne (Board Member – not a Director)