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Our Board

We appreciate our experienced and knowledgeable Board of Directors. Like the staff, they have helped influence and direct the course we are taking with our Strategic Plan in a very constructive and consultative manner. All are volunteers and give freely of their time and experience, and are committed to achieving the highest standards of operational and financial transparency and efficiency for DCDAT.  

Colm Folan is our Chairperson. Jacinta Corcoran is our Secretary. James Flanagan isour Treasurer. Our Board is made up of Pamala Carroll, Ian Carter, Maire Devine, Ciara Faughan and Mary O'Shea.

Colm Folan


Colm is currently Chairperson of the Donore Community Drug and Alcohol Team.

Colm comes from a training and development background and has worked in the community for over 20 years. Colm has broad experience in Community Addiction services having worked as a Trainer with Merchants Quay Ireland and is currently manager of Casadh, a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation programme. Colm also works in a voluntary capacity as a Director with SWICN (South West Inner City Network)  and is a Member of the Board of Management of the Artane School of Music. 

Colm also lectures in Culinary Arts in Technological University Dublin Tallaght specialising in Marketing and Social Gastronomy, which creates opportunities for Student Chefs to engage in in-service learning in the community sector.

Ciara Faughnan

Board Member

Ciara Faughnan has experience working in healthcare and specifically drug treatment services for over 20 years. She has worked
in various roles such as Drug Education coordinator, Project Development and
Health promotion. Ciara has worked with both the community and voluntary sector and
state organisations.

Her educational background is in Addiction and Psychology and is trained in delivering an extensive selection of evidence based programs.  Ciara has an honours degree in Psychology and a Master in Addiction Studies. She has also undertaken various CPD courses relevant to Addiction, Mental Health and Community Work.

Ciara is a director on Kimmage Dublin Alliance & Trade Band Limited.

Mary O'Shea

Board Member

Mary has extensive experience working in organisations in the statutory and voluntary sector. Her background is in social work, addiction, management and education.

She has held key positions in the Probation Service and Drug Treatment Services.
She worked as Assistant Director in Merchants Quay Ireland for ten years and as Director of Dublin AIDS Alliance for three and a half years.


She is working independently since 2011 specialising in addiction, family law, group and individual supervision, training and mediation. She also holds a part time position of Practice Tutor in University College Dublin for the Masters in Social Work (MSW).


She holds qualifications in social work and addiction and more recently secured a MA in cross professional supervision and has additional training in mediation.


She is an accredited counsellor and supervisor with the ACI (Addiction Counsellors of Ireland) and on the panel of supervisors with the IASW (Irish Association of Social Workers). She is also registered with CORU (Regulating Health + Social Care Professionals Institute of Ireland). Additionally she is a lay member on the panel for the Mental Health Tribunals.

Ian Carter

Board Member

Ian Carter holds the positions of CEO RCSI Hospital Group and CEO Beaumont Hospital. 


Ian was previously National Director of Acute Hospitals, CEO of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), Head of the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), CEO St James' Hospital
and General Manager Acute Hospitals
Mid-Western Health Board.


Ian has also held positions in the UK:
Director of Contracts and Business Administration, Regional Surgical Specialties Manager and Saudi Arabia: Assistant Hospital Manager and Director of Operations.


Ian was previously Adjunct Assistant Professor
in Health Policy and Management at Trinity College and is an Adjunct Faculty Member, Institute of Leadership, Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI). 


Ian is also Chairperson of Ruhama.

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