HR Committee


Mary P. Corcoran 

Mary P. Corcoran is Professor of Sociology at Maynooth University. She is a graduate of the University of Dublin, Trinity College and Columbia University, New York.  Her research and teaching interests lie primarily in the fields of urban sociology, public culture and the sociology of migration. She has published widely on these topics. Her most recent book, Producing Knowledge: Reproducing Gender: power, policy and practice in contemporary Ireland (UCD Press, 2020) is co-edited with Dr Pauline Cullen.

Mary is currently the Chairperson of the Local Community Development Committee of South Dublin County Council, and a member of the Dublin rural Local Action Group that oversees LEADER funding in three of the four Dublin local authorities.  In November 2020 Mary was re-appointed Minister Heather Humphreys to a second term on the Board of the Western Development Commission.

Madeleine Mulrennan

Madeleine Mulrennan works as an independent consultant specialising in education matters and professional regulation. She has previously worked in further education and in teacher education. She was President of St Catherine’s College of Education, Sion Hill from 2000 to 2007. She was a Special Adviser (policy) in two government departments.

Madeleine is a graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College and the Dublin Institute of Technology and has degrees in education, community health and law. She is a member of the Governing Authority of Maynooth University and recently chaired the review of Home Economics at Junior Cycle for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Paul Murphy, Chair

Paul Murphy is a Clinical Psychologist and former Head of Psychology in the Irish Prison Service (IPS). On leaving the IPS he worked for a number of years as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the UCD School of Psychology. He works as a Counsellor with New Directions supporting the families of those in prison. He has recently been appointed to the new statutory Parole Board.

Emer Woodfull, Chair

Emer is a practicing barrister at the Law Library Dublin who was called to the Bar in 2003. She has a background in child, criminal, investigative, inquiry & employment law and is a Chairperson appointed by the Mental Health Commission to conduct tribunals . She was previously an award-winning current affairs broadcaster and series producer in RTE, the national broadcaster. In her early career she worked for a number of years as a teacher in Ballymun and as a teacher in a school for young offenders. She is a Board member of Oberstown Children Detention Campus.

In Attendance:


Primary Role:

The primary role of the HR Committee is to advise and support the CEO in the fulfillment of the Board’s financial and legal responsibilities in relation to employees and on other issues as requested by the Board from time to time. The committee will be appointed by the Board and its functions will also be agreed by the Board. The primary rationale for this structure is the provision of a mechanism to assist the CEO and Board in fulfilling their duties in relation to employment issues as they arise. This committee can also be delegated to assist in decision making between Board meetings where it is agreed and nominated by the Board to do so.

Functions of the HR Committee are:

  • To ensure the implementation of good employment practices by regularly reviewing structures, procedures and practice with the CEO;
  • To assist the CEO with decision making in relation to personnel issues as they arise and make recommendations to the Board;
  • To ensure that decisions in relation to staff employment issues will be made within the parameters of the financial constraints of CDI;
  • To regularly report to the Board.

Principles guiding the HR Committee are: 

  • The committee will take directions from the Board and operate within the understanding that ultimate responsibility for CDI lies with the Board of Directors;
  • The committee will support the CEO in her management responsibilities of CDI;
  • The committee will ensure confidentiality at all times;
  • Strong communication between the HR committee and the Board will be maintained.

The committee will meet as deemed necessary and will also conduct its business by phone and or email, where appropriate.