Who We Are
Established in 1990, the European Anti-Poverty Network, Ireland is a network of groups and individuals working against poverty. It is the Irish national network of the European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN Europe), which has two decades of experience in lobbying for progressive social change across Europe.
EAPN Ireland is made up of over two hundred local, regional and national anti-poverty organisations and individuals. EAPN Ireland supports members to influence national and European policy through training, information, collective action and networking.
Campaigns that EAPN Ireland has worked on in the last number of years include the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, Ireland in Social Europe: Challenging Perceptions and Changing Realities, the European Minimum Income Campaign, European Parliament Awareness Project, the Social Aspects of the Lisbon Treaty, and campaign to include poverty targets in the European 2020 strategy. EAPN Ireland has also worked with members at local level to retain capacity and fight cutbacks to existing services, and with associates at national level through campaigns like the Poor Can’t Pay, the Equality and Rights Alliance, Is Feider Linn, and the Community Platform.
Robin Hanan, Director
Robin Hanan returned to EAPN Ireland as Director in 2012. Robin previously worked as Coordinator of the Network from 1999 to 2007 and has also been CEO of the Irish Refugee Council, Coordinator of Comhlámh, social policy consultant and civil servant. He delivered a course for three years on ‘Ireland in Europe’ in the Quinn Business School, UCD and has published articles on European social policy in Ireland, Italy and Spain. He has chaired the main policy and advocacy groups of EAPN (Europe) and CONCORD (European Development NGOs’ Network).
Paul Ginnell, Policy Officer
Paul Ginnell has been the Policy Officer with EAPN Ireland since 2005. He is co-chairperson of EAPN Europe’s policy working group, the EU Inclusion Strategies Group. In his role at national level Paul coordinates both the Community Platform, a network of 29 national anti-poverty and equality organsations, and the Better Europe Alliance which engages national and European decision makers on key EU policy developments. Before coming to EAPN Ireland Paul was Coordinator of Westmeath EQUAL, an ESF funded Community initiative, and the Limerick Travellers Development Group. He has also worked for the Irish Traveller Movement, the Association for People with Disabilities Kenya and Concern Worldwide in Sudan. Paul is a qualified Community Worker and has a Masters in Applied Social Studies.
Maureen Gondipon, Administration and Finance Officer
Maureen is the Administration and Finance Officer and she is responsible for all administrative aspects of our work; inputting, handling and maintaining financial data in our financial system; responsible for updating and maintaining our EAPN membership database; developing and maintaining necessary filing systems; acts as our Health and Safety Officer and co-ordinates our calendar activities. Maureen has an MBA (Aston University, UK), BA (Hons.)Librarianship & Information Studies, (University of North London, UK) and Professional Accounting Technician Ireland (IATI).
EAPN Ireland Board and Staff, January 2015
- (Left to Right): Paul Ginnell, Policy and Campaigns Officer
- Aiden Lloyd (South Dublin Community Platform)
- Farai Jeyacheya, (Zimbabwe Heritage Trust)
- Michael Mackey, (Galway Simon Community)
- Maureen Gondipon, Finance and Administration Officer
- Tess Murphy, Representative on EAPN Europe Executive Committee . . (Longford Women’s Link)
- Robin Hanan, Director
- Maureen Ward, Treasurer (Offally Travellers Movement)
- Pat Doyle (Peter McVerry Trust)
- Anne Loftus, Chairperson (Individual Member, Clare)
- Sheila Simmons (Irish Association of Older People)
- (Not in picture): Loraine Mulligan (SIPTU)
- Philip O’Connor, (Individual Member)
EAPN Ireland is controlled by its members through Annual General Meetings, which decide policy and elect a Managing Board. The Board is responsible to the members for the day-to-day management of the organisation EAPN Ireland. European Anti Poverty Network Ireland Ltd, is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin, Ireland with registered company number 214663.
Board members for the year 2015 – 2016 are:
Aiden Lloyd, South Dublin Community Platform
Anne Loftus, Chairperson, Clare
Farai Calvin Jeyacheya, Zimbabwe Heritage Trust
Joan O’ Donnell, Disability-Federation of Ireland
Loraine Mulligan, Vice-Chairperson, SIPTU
Maureen Ward, Treasurer, Offaly Traveller Movement
Pat Doyle, Peter McVerry Trust
Tess Murphy, Irish Representative on the EAPN (Europe) Exercutive Committee Longford Women’s Link