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IRC Members

Members of the Interim Regulatory Committee

The iRC is made up of members with experience ranging across regulation, law, finance, and housing. They are appointed by the Minister.

Eddie Lewis - Chair

Eddie Lewis, formerly of the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, has worked for many years in the housing area. He is the author of a book, Social Housing Policy in Ireland - New Directions, and is currently an Associate Lecturer in the Institute of Public Administration.

Paul Lemass is Assistant Secretary in the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, with responsibility for Housing Policy, Governance and Legislation. Prior to this he was Assistant Secretary with responsibility for Local Government. From 2010 to 2014 he was Environment Counsellor in the Irish Permanent Representation to the European Union, where he chaired the Environment Working Group during the Irish Presidency of the European Council in 2013. He had previously worked in the private sector with the Jones Group, L'Oreal and Gemini Consulting, and holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCD and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestren University.

Dr. Oonagh Breen is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University College Dublin where her teaching includes comparative charity law and policy. A graduate of UCD and Yale Law School and a qualified barrister, her research appraises the potential for the development of more structured legal relationships between the State and the non-profit sector from the joint perspectives of regulation of the sector and facilitation of its work in a comparative context. A former Fulbright Scholar and holder of an Emerging Scholar Award from ARNOVA (2006), Oonagh was awarded an ICNL/Cordaid Distinguished Research Award in 2008 for her work in the area of European regulation of charitable organizations. She has published extensively in the field of charity regulation both nationally and internationally and has participated actively in policy processes leading to the reform of charity law in Ireland. A former Research Fellow at the Hauser Centre for Non-Profit Organizations, Harvard University (2009), she is a serving Board Member of the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law, Washington DC, and of the International Society of Third Sector Research. In 2016 she was named as a Potter Foundation Fellow to the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies, QUT, Brisbane.

Michael Cameron is Chief Executive of the Scottish Housing Regulator, the regulator of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and local authority housing services in Scotland. Established in April 2011, the Scottish Housing Regulator is independent of government, directly accountable to the Scottish Parliament and has a statutory objective to protect the interests of tenants and people who use services provided by social landlords. Michael leads the Regulator’s 56 employees and has an annual operating budget of just under £4,000,000. Michael’s career has centred on the provision of social housing for the last 25 years. Since 2000 Michael has worked in the inspection and regulation service of the Scottish Housing Regulator and its predecessor organisations. Michael was educated at the University of Glasgow where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and later his Master of Philosophy in Housing Studies. Amongst other executive education achievements, Michael has completed the Strategic Management of Regulatory & Enforcement Agencies Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Ronan Heavey joined the Shareholding Management Unit (SMU) of the Department of Finance in 2012 and is part of a team that is responsible for the management of the shareholdings of the Minister for Finance in the banking sector – including Allied Irish Banks (AIB), Bank of Ireland (BOI) and Permanent TSB (PTSB) as well as managing the Ministers interests in relation to the oversight of NAMA. The Unit is responsible for developing plans to optimise the value of the State’s holdings in the Irish banking sector. It also manages oversight of the on-going restructuring of the Irish banking system and the Department of Finance’s day-to-day interaction with the banks on an arm’s length basis. Prior to joining the SMU Ronan spent 18 years in the banking industry including 14 years in AIB Capital Markets where he held a number of positions in their Global Treasury and Structured Finance divisions.

Dr. Donal McManus CEO of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) - the national housing federation of housing associations in Ireland with 270 members providing housing for families, older people, the homeless, and people with disabilities. Over the last 25 years Donal has worked in housing development, housing management, finance and regeneration roles in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Ireland in both the public/local authority and housing association sectors. He formerly held the roles of President of the European Housing Forum, FEANTSA, and the non-profit housing section of CECODHAS-Housing Europe, the EU Social Housing Federation. From 2003-2005, Donal was appointed a member of the UN-ECE-Task Force on Social Housing. He has also represented the ICSH and the housing association sector on various national Government housing bodies and boards. He is currently a member of the Dublin Social Housing Task Force and National Oversight Group as part of the Social Housing Strategy. Donal is a graduate of housing and industrial studies from the University of Ulster and a graduate in Urban Design from Strathclyde University School of Architecture. He has completed his Doctorate in Governance from Queens University Belfast, School of Law.

Margaret Geraghty is Director of Services, Housing and Community Department in Fingal County Council. As Director of Services in the Housing and Community Department, Margaret is a key member of the Council's Management Team, responsible for the delivery of the Rebuilding Ireland Programme and achieving the targets set out in terms of delivery of social housing support and affordable ownership solutions to households in Fingal. Margaret is also a member of a number of Sub Committees of the Local Government Management Agency, the Dublin Social Housing Delivery Task Force and the City and County Management Association Housing and Building Committee. Margaret has 34 years of experience working with Local Government in key leadership roles including Housing, Tourism, Area Management and HR in Dublin City.  

Dr. Mary Lee Rhodes – resigned June 2019

David Smith - resigned May 2019