Board and Staff


RADE has a voluntary Board of Directors who ensure that the project remains innovative and addresses the needs of our participants. The RADE Board are a strong cross-section of experience and talent that provides a sound foundation upon which RADE operates.

RADE board members are:

Dominique Cleary, Solicitor, writer

Fedelma Martin, company director, Martin & Co. Chartered Accountants

Tony Geoghegan, Member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Theo Dorgan, poet, writer, broadcaster, member of Aosdána
Eoin Ryan, previous government minister (MEP)
Anna Quigley, Coordinator Citywide
Paula Byrne, CEO, Merchants Quay Ireland


Project Director
Michael Egan

Michael Egan, who initiated the RADE programme, has been working in community and professional theatre as both a playwright and actor since the ’70s. He has also worked on film acting/writing/directing. He established the first FÁS scheme in the Merchants Quay Project and worked there from ’92 to ’96. During this period he wrote, directed and produced a number of short drama pieces which were performed by clients of the Merchants Quay Project. This culminated in the production of his play Laughers and Screamers, performed during the Dublin Theatre Festival ’96. Michael produced Theatre in Education work in Down to Earth Theatre Company, where he also developed the pilot Theatre/Arts/Drugs group that became the RADE project.

Rehab & Training Co-ordinator 
Monika Rampal 

Monika completed her Masters in Addiction studies from Dublin Business School (DBS) in June 2017. She also has  Certificates in Relapse Prevention skills, CRA, ASIST, and Introduction to Children First.

Monika has a proven background in Holistic sciences. She passed her graduation (BSc), Level 8 from India.  She also has a Diploma in acupressure, acupuncture, SUJOK acupuncture, Electro-homeopathy, Nutrition and health education, Naturopathy and Yoga sciences. Monika’s holistic background and the experience that she has gained thus far has provided her with many resources that will be helpful in her career in health sciences and addiction recovery.

Monika started working with RADE team during 2016 as a volunteer Yoga teacher, acupressure therapist and later as Key-worker. Since August 2017 she is responsible for overseeing the running of RADE’s Rehab Service,  managing a team of three Project Support Workers and three counselors. Monika also facilitates a weekly Relapse Prevention Programme, looking at encouraging participants to change their drug-using behaviour through the use of CBT techniques, SWOT analysis, and  Community Reinforcement Approach.  Monika supervises the key-working of 18 programme participants.

CE Supervisor & Art Facilitator
Cathal O’Grady

Cathal joined RADE in 2018 as a CE Supervisor, having previously worked in RADE as a support worker and arts facilitator from 2014 – 2016. He is a visual arts graduate of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology; a qualified solicitor; and also has many years’ experience working in local government.

CE Supervisor
Anne McDermott

Anne joined RADE in July 2018 as CE Supervisor.

Anne has an employment background in business management, however, in early 2016 she was able to make a career move to the Community sector, something she had wanted for a long time.

Most recently, Anne worked as a Support Worker on a two-year education and training programme for women who have the dual issues of criminality and addiction. During that time she completed a Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work through Urrus/UCD to add to a previous Diploma in Coaching, Certificate in Training and Development, MBA and MSc in Human Resource Leadership.

Anne feels passionately that everyone has the right to live a happy fulfilled life and is eager to support others in achieving this.

CE Support Worker
Niamh Patricia Hanlon

Niamh has a background in Art and is currently completing the final year of her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the Université Paris 8 in France. Her academic interests lie in neuropsychology, specifically the relationship between emotions, psychiatric disorders, and substance misuse.

As a Support Worker, Niamh advocates for more awareness around dual diagnosis, harm reduction, and creative arts therapy. Niamh is currently undergoing accreditation in Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and has recently completed a number of workshops including Key Working, Care Planning and Case Management and the Pharmacology of Addiction. Niamh is also ASIST trained.

CE Support Worker
Laura Lynch

Laura has an artistic background in technical theatre and teaching guitar. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media Production Management at Dublin City University. However, Laura’s desire to help those in need inspired the decision to volunteer with Friends of the Elderly and with the Dublin Rape Crisis Center.

Such rewarding experience of helping those in need has inspired Laura to continue and progress in the community sector to which she has been working as a drug and alcohol addiction Support Worker at Liberty Recycling Training & Development ever since.

Laura’s passion lies in the experience of helping and connecting with people in an empathetic, approachable and sincere manner. She believes in the healing and therapeutic nature of the arts and aspires to help individuals explore it.

Support Worker (HSE)
Ruaidhri McAuliffe

Ruaidhri has more than 20 years’ experience working with people who use drugs beginning as a volunteer in Merchant’s Quay in 1993. He spent five years working in Ana Liffey’s low threshold services before becoming Coordinator of UISCE in 2005, a post he occupied until 2016. Ruaidhri was a member of the North Inner City Drugs Task Force throughout that time. He has also served on the boards of Chrysalis Community Drug Project and the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

Ruaidhri has an academic background in Sociology and Social Research and maintains a strong belief in social justice and human rights for people who use drugs.

Support Worker (HSE)
Ellen Scanlon

Ellen joined RADE in August 2018.

Ellen Scanlon has been working in the Community sector for the last four years. She has a varied experience of working with and supporting both vulnerable adults and young people with challenging circumstances.

Ellen completed her degree in 2015 with NUI Maynooth where she studied Community Development and Youth work and has recently returned to college to train to become a counsellor/psychotherapist. She also has training in community addiction studies.

Ellen is passionate about learning and has undergone a number of trainings to allow her to use a more holistic approach when supporting people.


Lenny Abrahamson, filmmaker
Pom Boyd, writer, stand-up comic
Steven Burke, writer
Stuart Carolan, writer/producer
Jack Cawley, sound technician
Juliet Clancy, writer
Cathy Coughlan, dance artist
Tony Curtis, poet, broadcaster, member of Aosdána
Emma Downey, costume designer
Jason Figgis, cameraman
Eugene Finn, film archivist
Maeve Ingoldsby, writer
Dan Keane, AV technician
Rodney Lee, scriptwriter, filmmaker/editor
Declan Lynch, film editor
Malcolm MacClancy, writer
Trish Mcadam, filmmaker
Paula Meehan, poet, dramatist, member of Aosdána
Sean Millar, musician, and songwriter
Gerry McDonnell, poet/playwright
Bren McElroy, actress
John McNamee, writer
Alessandro Molatore, filmmaker
Olga Criado Monleon, costume designer
Larry O Bryan, author
Joe O’Donnell, writer/magician
Mark O’Halloran, actor, writer
Darryn O’ Kane, Designer (costume & lighting)
Judith Ryan, actor, scriptwriter and director
Dave Stone, filmmaker
Peter Young, stained glass artist
Paddy Lynch, comic creator, graphic designer
Karl Parkinson, writer
Caroline Coffey, drama facilitator
Deirdre Keirns,
Yoga Instructor
Brian Flanagan,
John Cummins, rapper
Elida Maiques, 
comic facilitator
John Devoy,
art facilitator
David Stone,
 Film making facilitator
Gabrielle Breathnach,
 drama facilitator
Gary Boyd,
Film Trainer
Alison Nea, Costume Designer
Joe Caslin, Street Artist, Illustrator, Art Teacher
Colm Keegan, Writer and Poet
Trevor Knight, Musician and Composer