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:

Eoin Ryan

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

Tony Geoghegan, CEO, Merchants Quay Ireland

Theo Dorgan, poet, writer, broadcaster, member of Aosdána
Carmel Furlong, school principal (retired)
Dominique Cleary, Solicitor, writer
Anna Quigley, Coordinator Citywide


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 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.

Support Worker
Jen Coogan

Jennifer Coogan joined RADE team in November 2017 as a Support Worker. She has a higher diploma in Drug and Alcohol Studies with second class Honours. Jennifer also has QQI Level-5 Certificate in Community Addiction Studies, certificate in Key-working and Care Planning, Relapse Prevention Skills, Peer Education Drugs Awareness Training, ASIST and Reiki Level-1.

Jennifer has 2 years of experience working with people who use drugs at Ballyfermot Star. During her Journey at Ballyfermot, she has attended many workshops to improve her knowledge and skills.

CE Support Worker
Ruaidari McAuliffe

CE Support Worker
Niamh Patricia Hanlon

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 use a more holistic approach when supporting people.

Support Worker (Volunteer)
Meghana Ramachandran

Meghana joined RADE in June 2018 as a Volunteer Support Worker. She has a background in the field of psychology.  She is currently pursuing her Masters in Addiction studies from Dublin Business School.

Meghana has an experience of working with children with disabilities and individuals with mental health issues. She has always looked forward to opportunities that can help her strengthen her professional skills. This has led her to participate in workshops such as the ‘Pharmacology of Addictions’ and also has a certificate in introduction to children first.  She passionately looks forward to helping out those in need and tries to contribute her bit to the service users by providing them one to one support via key-working.

Support Worker (Volunteer)
Priya Palakkaparambil Rajendran

Priya started volunteer work with RADE in February 2018. She has a pharmaceutical background and successfully completed her masters in addiction studies from DBS.

Priya completed her B. pharmacy from India and Masters in Pharmacology and biotechnology from the UK. She also completed her Master of arts in addiction studies from Dublin Business School. She started volunteer work with RADE in February 2018.

Priya has experience working as a senior pharmacist with a long-standing interest in studying brain aging and factors which promote healthy brain aging. She is very passionate in evaluating how drugs and treatment may influence cognitive decline with age and the positive effects of arts, drama and education on addiction recovery. She is very enthusiastic and with her positive and supportive attitude inspires RADE participants in engaging different activities.

She has always been interested in broadening her knowledge and skills by attending many workshops including Pharmacology of Addiction and Motivational Interviewing.


Lenny Abrahamson, film maker
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, camera man
Eugene Finn, film archivist
Maeve Ingoldsby, writer
Dan Keane, AV technician
Rodney Lee, acript writerfilm maker / editor
Declan Lynch, film editor
Malcolm MacClancy, writer
Trish Mcadam, film maker
Paula Meehan, poet, dramatist, member of Aosdána
Sean Millar, musician and songwriter
Gerry McDonnell, poet/playwright
Bren McElroy, actress
John McNamee, writer
Alessandro Molatore, film maker
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, script writer and director
Dave Stone, film maker
Peter Young, stained glass artist
Paddy Lynch, comic creator, graphic designer
Karl Parkinson, writer
Caroline Coffey, drama facilitator
Deirdre Keirns,
yoga Instructor
Brian Flanagan,
film maker
John Cummins, rapper
Elida Maiques, 
comic facilitator
John Devoy,
 art facilitator