The Team

 Claire Barry: Finance Manager

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Claire is responsible for managing all aspects of the Finance function here at CDI.  She holds a BSc in Human Communications with Accounting, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.  More recently she has completed all of her Chartered Accountancy exams and is currently in the process of applying for membership to the Institute.

Alison Butler: Speech and Language Therapist

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Alison is a Speech and Language Therapist, working in preschools and primary schools in Tallaght West.  Before joining CDI, Alison spent 8 years working for the NHS in Scotland, both in Paediatric and Adult Learning Disability Services.  She has a MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and a GDip in Speech and Language Therapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Claire Casey: Restorative Practices Manager

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Claire has worked in Community Development for over 20 years.  She is responsible for the implementation of the Restorative Practices Programme.  Claire holds a BSc and a postgraduate Diploma in Adult and Community Education and has a Master’s Degree in Restorative Practices from Ulster University.


Alice Coghlan: Speech and Language Therapist

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Alice is a Speech and Language Therapist with CDI, based in Early Years settings across Tallaght West. Alice has a BA in Psychological Studies, Sociology and Politics from the National University of Ireland, Galway and an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick. As part of her clinical training, Alice has worked in a variety of HSE settings including Paediatric Primary Care, Early Intervention Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services across Limerick, Donegal, Clare and Mayo.

Elaine Fagan: Parenting Specialist

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Elaine is responsible for supporting CDI’s work with early years’ services, primary care and specialist services working with children, parents and families. With over 13 years’ experience supporting children & families presenting with complex needs and is passionate about early intervention. Elaine holds a degree in Early Childhood Care and Education and is an Accredited Play Therapist.

Elaine has worked in a variety of settings including primary schools, early years’ services in both Ireland and Australia, voluntary organisations, primary schools, community centres and in private practice.

Celine Moran: Parenting Specialist

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Celine joined CDI in January 2019 as a Parenting Specialist supporting CDI’s work with early years’ services working with children and families. Celine has over 20 years experience managing projects and programmes within the healthcare sector collaborating with both health care professionals and families.  Celine holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from DCU.  Celine is also a qualified and experienced counsellor / psychotherapist and group facilitator with a BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Holly McGann: Administrator

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Holly provides administration to the management and team in CDI and has over ten years experience working as an Administrator in various different organisations including Business & Finance Magazine.  Holly holds a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Secretarial Studies and also a FETAC Level 5 Certificate in European and Language Studies.

Ciara NicCarthaigh: Business Development Manager

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Ciara is responsible for the development and delivery of CDI’s business development strategy. Ciara has over 12 years’ experience in the non-profit profession in Ireland and overseas. Over the past six years, as a senior manager and as a consultant, her work has focused on providing strategic and operational support to organisations and programmes working on child rights, education and early literacy. She has an MSc in Development Studies and is currently completing a PhD in education on early literacy and language with UCD.

Emma Reilly: ATTI Coordinator

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Emma Reilly has recently joined our team as our Ante-natal to Three Initiative Coordinator. Emma has worked with children and families for the last 29 years. Initially she trained as a Children’s’ Nurse in OLHSC in Crumlin and has spent the last 15 years working in the Early Years sector in both training and development with Early Childhood Ireland and more recently as Senior Childcare Services Manager with Cooperative Housing Ireland. Emma is currently completing a research Masters with DCU.

George Best: Restorative Practice Co-Ordinator

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George has recently joined the CDI team as Restorative Practice Programme Coordinator. George holds a BSc In Education and Training with DCU, he has worked supporting Children and Families for six years as a Parent/Carer Facilitator, Programme Coordinator  for Boys and Young Men’s Programme with London Borough Of Hillingdon Early Intervention and Prevention Services and Housing Officer


Meadhbh Ryan:  Administrator

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Meadhbh currently works as administrative support to the CDI team. She has a BA in English and History and an MA in Literature and Publishing from NUIG. She has worked in a variety of administrative roles all over the world, including Ireland, Chicago and Melbourne.


Marian Quinn: Chief Executive Officer

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Marian’s career has been focused on children, young people and families. She has worked in the Health Services Executive and the Department of Justice as well as working directly with young people in both community youth services and Youthreach. Marian holds a Masters in Adult Education, a BSc Honours in Youth and Community Work and is a qualified Life and Business Coach. Marian is also a Board member of the Children’s Hospital Group, and the Airfield Trust.

Michelle Quinn: Senior Speech and Language Therapist

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As a Speech and Language Therapist with CDI, Michelle is responsible for the delivery of CDI’s on site Speech and Language Therapy Service. Michelle currently works with three preschools and three primary schools in the Tallaght West Area. Michelle has a BA in Linguistic and Sociology, an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy and a PG Dip in Child Language and Communication from the University of Sheffield.

Tara Scott:  Programme Manager

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Tara Scott is Programme Manager, collaborating with CDI management and stakeholders to support the delivery of CDI’s programmes. Tara holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and Health Studies with BPS recognition. Tara has ten years experience in Child and Family Welfare, Health and Education, working with and developing a wide range of services.  Tara has worked in a professional and voluntary capacity across Ireland and London, for the Mayor of London’s office, in Islington Council, Haringey Council and Hackney Learning Trust.

Philip Zambra:  Office and Finance Manager

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Philip has previously worked for Keelings, Portakabin Ireland and Xerox Ireland. He has a Business Degree from Trinity, is a qualified Accounting Technician and passed his ISO Audit exam in 2016. He lives in Castleknock and has 4 kids – 3 boys and a girl.

He is a qualified Football Coach with UEFA and has the licence to manage in the Championship in UK – not yet at Premiership level but maybe some day!