Meet our NOAC Board Members

Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy (Chair)

Michael is the CEO of the Irish Solar Energy Association. He was appointed as Chair of the National Oversight and Audit Commission in September 2018. He was an elected TD for the Cork South-West constituency from 2011 to 2016. He is a former member of the Daíl Public Accounts Committee. He was elected to Seanad Éireann, for the period 2002-2011. Michael was an elected member of Cork County Council from 1999 to 2003.

Mr Brian Cawley

Brian Cawley

Brian was formerly Director General of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), and currently works as an independent consultant in public sector reform and in leadership and change management, working with a wide range of clients in Ireland, EC and internationally. He has extensive experience of working with central and local government in Ireland. Brian is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Leicester, and holds an MSc in Training and Development and a Doctorate in Social Sciences.

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Constance Hanniffy

Constance Hanniffy is a graduate of NUI Galway and holds a BA (Hons) in Community and Family Studies. She was an elected member of Offaly County Council from 1974 to 2014 and a member of the Midlands Regional Authority from 1994 to 2014. She was also a member of the Irish delegation to the Committee of the Regions from 1998 to 2014. She is a Board Member of the Sue Ryder Foundation and a member of the Offaly County Council Audit Committee. She is a past member of the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) and of the Taoiseach’s Devolution Commission (1995-97) which made recommendations to Government on local government reform. She previously served as a member of the D/ECLG’s Consultative Committee on the Local Government Reform Green Paper. She is a past member of the BMW Regional Assembly and the former Chair of its EU monitoring committee.

Mary Hurley, NOAC Board member

Mary Hurley

Mary is a member of the NOAC Board. Further details will follow on this member.

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Margaret Lane

Margaret is an executive coach and has extensive experience in finance and HR across the commercial, semi-state and public sectors. She has held the post of Strategic HR Director, Ervia (Parent company for Gas Networks Ireland and Irish Water). Her previous posts include HR Executive Roles, Board Gais Group, Cork City Council. Among her other positions, she is a member of the Audit Committee of the NSSO and has valuable experience as she currently chairs the Audit Committee in the Office of the Ombudsman.








martina moloney

Martina Moloney

Martina Moloney was a career official in Irish local government for almost thirty-seven years. She holds a BA and MA in Public Management and a Doctorate in Governance and is a member of the Institute of Accounting Technicians. She worked in eight local authorities and held the post of Director of Community and Enterprise and Corporate Services in Galway City Council, before being appointed as County Manager in County Louth and subsequently as County Manager in Galway prior to her retirement in July 2014.

Niall Quinn member of NOAC

Niall Quinn

Niall is a barrister working in general practice on the Dublin, Eastern and Northern Circuits. Prior to commencing practice at the Bar he was a strategic communications specialist for almost 20 years and is a former President of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) and non-executive Director of the Public Relations Consultants Association. He continues to lecture in strategic communications and crisis communications at the PRII and to be engaged for strategic communications assignments. A BSc (Mgmt) graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he studied law at King’s Inns, Dublin and was called to the Bar in 2015.

Current NOAC Board Vacancies

Please see the attached link, where NOAC vacancies are advertised as necessary.

Previous NOAC Board Members