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The Department's Management Board is comprised of the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary, ten Assistant Secretaries and the Department's Chief Appeals Officer.

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Pictured from L to R front row are Helen Faughnan Assistant Secretary, Anne Vaughan Deputy Secretary, Niamh O'Donoghue Secretary General, Patricia Murphy Assistant Secretary.

Pictured from L to R back row are Joan Gordon Chief Appeals Officer, Kathleen Stack Assistant Secretary, John McKeon Assistant Secretary, John Conlon Assistant Secretary, Michael Bunyan Assistant Secretary, Oliver Egan Assistant Secretary, Tim Duggan Assistant Secretary, Teresa Leonard Assistant Secretary, Simonetta Ryan Assistant Secretary.

You can find information on the Department's Management Board, including presentations they have made to Oireachtas Committees, etc. here.

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Niamh O 'Donoghue - Secretary General

Niamh O'Donoghue was appointed Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection in July 2010. 

She had previously served as Director General having joined the Department in December 2007.

Prior to that, she was Assistant Secretary in Revenue with responsibility for the Border Midlands West Region from mid 2007 to December 2007 and as Assistant Secretary for Human Resources from 2001 to mid 2007.

She joined the civil service in 1979 and has served in

  • the Department of Agriculture (1979 - 1986)
  • the Department of Health (1986 - 1995)
  • the Office of the Civil Service and Local Appointments Commissioners (now the Public Appointments Service) (1995 - 2001)
  • Office of the Revenue Commissioners (2001 - 2007)

She has a primary degree in Public Administration from the IPA, and also holds an MA (Industrial Relations) from the University of Keele and an MSc (Mgmt) from TCD.

Niamh O'Donoghue is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

 

Anne Vaughan Deputy Secretary

 

 

Anne Vaughan - Deputy Secretary

The Deputy Secretary has responsibility, in particular, for the working age schemes, both policy and operational aspects. She takes a particular interest in governance issues and, as the title implies, can deputise for the SG in certain circumstances. She is also a member of the Management Board of the Department of Education & Skills, reflecting her responsibilities in relation to the delivery of Pathways to Work. Anne Vaughan is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

 

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Michael Bunyan - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Information Systems Division, Business Support, Public Service Reform. Michael Bunyan is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. 

 

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John Conlon - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Activation and Employment Policy, Social Inclusion Policy, Business Intelligence/Statistics, Activation Case Management Process, Contracted Employment Services, Employer Relations and Supplementary Welfare Allowance Policy. John Conlan is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.  

 

Tim Duggan
 

  Tim Duggan - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Client Identity Services, Public Services Card, Pensions Operations, Pensions Policy, Free Schemes, Water Conservation Grant. Tim Duggan is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

 

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  Oliver Egan - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Dublin North, Dublin South, Dublin Central, Mid-Leinster, Cork Central, South-West, North East, Western Divisions, Internal Control Support Unit, EU Funding Compliance. Oliver Egan is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. 

 

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 Helen Faughnan - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for General Benefits, Disability Allowance, Disablement Benefits, Carers, Family Income Support, Disability Policy, Child Benefit, Treatment Benefit, Maternity Benefit, Paternity Benefit , Health and Safety Benefit, Adoptive benefits , Domiciliary Care Allowance, Client Eligibility Services and the Communications Unit. Helen Faughnan is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. 

 

Joan Gordon Assistant Secretary
 

Joan Gordon - Chief Appeals Officer

Director and Chief Appeals Officer, Social Welfare Appeals Office. Joan Gordon is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.  

 

Teresa Leonard Assistant Secretary
 

Teresa Leonard - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Midlands North, Midlands South, South-East, Mid-West, North West Divisions, Regional Process Modernisation and Digital (Online) Services Development. Teresa Leonard is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

 

John McKeon Assistant Secretary 
 

John McKeon - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Finance, Budget, Legislation, Planning Secretariat, Decisions Advisory Office, Freedom of Information, PRSI and Scope, Redundancy and Insolvency. John McKeon is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. 

 

Patricia Murphy Assistant Secretary 
 

 Patricia Murphy - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Human Resources Strategy and Services, Staff Development, Engagement and Innovation, Facilities Management, Industrial Relations and the EU General Datat Protection Regulation project. Patricia Murphy is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. 

 

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 Simonetta Ryan - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for Working Age Schemes and Policy, Civil Registration and the General Register Office, Child Income Policy, EU and International. Simonetta Ryan is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

 

Kathleen Stack
 

  Kathleen Stack - Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for control policy, including the Special Investigation Unit, Regional Support Unit and Employment, Support, Education and Supports Programmes. Kathleen Stack is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. 

Last modified:08/03/2017