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
Colm Ó Cléirigh, company director, Ó Cléirigh Architects


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.

Programme Co-ordinator
Chantelle Maritz

Chantelle studied Political Science and Public Health.  Originally from South Africa, Chantelle started with the Irish Traveller Movement in 2006. This is a Not-for-Profit membership organisation that works with members of the Travelling Community nationwide.  Chantelle joined Rade in May 2017 and is mainly responsible for administration and finances.

Programme Co-ordinator
Andrè Lyder

Educated at Blackrock College and the University of Guelph, Ontario, Andre has had a varied and colourful career in both Ireland and abroad. This includes extensive experience in Community Development work in Dublin’s south inner city. He is a former Chairperson of the South Inner City Local Drugs Task Force.

Rehab & Training Co-ordinator
Monika Rampal 

RADE team during 2016 and is responsible for overseeing the running of RADE’s Rehab Service,  managing a team of three Project Support Workers and three counsellors. Monika also facilitates a weekly Relapse Prevention Programme, looking at encouraging participants to change their drug-using behaviour through the use of CBT techniques.  Monika supervises the key-working of 18 programme participants.

Monika came to Ireland in Jan 2016 to study a Masters in Addiction studies from Dublin Business School (DBS).   She has a proven background in Holistic sciences and started volunteering acupressure in RADE from June 2016.   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.

Her holistic background and the experience that she has gained thus far for 14 years provided her with many resources that will be helpful in her career in health sciences.   Here in Ireland, she came across so many people suffering from mental stress and addiction.  This is a common and devastating problem globally including India.  After 2 years of regular search she found DBS offering a Master degree (Level-9) in addiction studies and she decided to join DBS for this post graduate degree programme.



Support Worker
Jen Coogan



Support Worker
John Gavin 

John learned about Rade down at the Intreo office and immediately liked the ethos of Rade. John has spent several years in the caring industry in various capacities. He has been been involved in music and has a love of drama and art and while not directly involved in productions he has worked in the administration side of it. John is starting back in Inchicore College of Further Education in September studying Social Care and is hoping to keep up with Rade in a placement capacity after that. John watched “high hopes” with David Brophy and one couldn’t fail to realise how artistic people with addiction can be. A large part of his work is one to one with Rade participants and he really enjoy this as it gives him a chance to support participants to fulfil their potential.


Support Worker
Vacant (currently recruiting)



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
Deirdre Keirns, yoga Instructor
Brian Flanagan, film maker

Karl Parkenson, writer

Elida Maiques, cartoonist

John Cummins, rapper