The Team

Rebecca Birney: Social Media Coordinator

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Rebecca is a final year student in UCD studying Social Science with a joint major in Sociology and Information and Communication studies. Rebecca joined the team in September 2020 as part of a three-month internship programme but has stayed with us ever since to run our social media platforms. With a passion for all things media, Rebecca hopes to go on to complete a master’s in digital marketing after she completes her BSc. 


George Best: Restorative Practice Co-Ordinator

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George is the CDI 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

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.


Jemma Colclough: Speech and Language Therapist

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Jemma is a Speech and Language Therapist, working in preschools and primary schools in Tallaght West. Before joining CDI, Jemma worked in the areas of paediatric disability, child and adolescent mental health and in an educational setting. Jemma has a BA (Hons) in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin and completed her Professional Qualification in Speech and Language Therapy (MSc) from University of Limerick in 2015.

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.

Teresa Grant: Parent Carer Facilitator    

Teresa has over 30 years experience in supporting children, families and Educators in the Childcare sector and home Environment.

She has worked in both Private and Community settings. Teresa is an Accredited Parent Plus Facilitator & holds a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Teaching & Learning from Maynooth University Ireland.


Aga Krzyanowska: Parent Carer Facilitator    

Details to be updated shortly.

Catarina Leitao: Researcher

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Catarina Leitao is a MSCA Research Fellow conducting the Parent Engagement Research Project (PEARC_EC) at CDI. She holds a Doctoral degree in Social Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Previously, Catarina was a Researcher and an Invited Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Catarina has been involved in research on Parental Support, Early Years, and Gender issues. 


Denise Loughnane: Parent Carer Facilitator    

Denise works as a Parent Carer Facilitator within an early years service in Tallaght West. Her background is in Youth Work, particularly Youth Justice Work in projects based in the Tallaght area. Denise has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Economics and a Higher Diploma in Community and Youth Work from Maynooth University. She recently completed a Master’s Degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies from the Institute of Technology Carlow.”


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 15 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. Holly has recently received a QQI accredited qualification in Web Design.



Alexandra Necula:  Finance Administrator

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Details to be updated shortly.


Ciara NicCarthaigh: Business Development & M&E Manager

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Ciara is responsible for the development and delivery of CDI’s business development strategy and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) system. Ciara has over 16 years’ experience in the non-profit profession in Ireland and overseas. She has worked as a senior manager and consultant providing strategic and operational support to organisations and programmes across a variety of technical and thematic areas. She has an MSc in Development Studies and is currently completing a PhD on early literacy and language with UCD.

Emma Reilly: Literacy Coordinator

+353 1 414 7362 |    

Emma has been working with CDI since 2019, initially as the ATTI coordinator and now as the Literacy Coordinator for our suite of literacy programmes.

Emma has worked with children and families for the last 31 years. Initially she trained as a Children’s’ Nurse in OLHSC in Crumlin and has spent the last 17 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.


Marian Quinn: Chief Executive Officer

+353 87 315 8836

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: Chit Chat Coordinator

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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.

Meadhbh Ryan:  Training Coordinator

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Meadhbh currently works as the CDI Training Coordinator. 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.


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.

Jefrey Shumba: Data Specialist

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Jefrey is our Data Specialist and is responsible with the monitoring and evaluation of CDI’s interventions. Jefrey has more than 4 years’ experience in Monitoring and Evaluation overseas. In Ireland, Jefrey has worked with the Royal College of Surgeons as a Research Assistant. Some of his research publications can be found here. Jefrey holds a Masters in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin,  a Higher National Diploma in Data Analytics with the National College of Ireland and an Honours Degree in Social Work.

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!