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
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 has Masters in Education from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick and Masters in Addiction studies from Dublin Business School. She has Certificates in Relapse Prevention skills, ASIST, Introduction to Children First, and she is also a Accredited CRA Practitioner.
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 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 both CE and HSE programme participants.
CE Supervisor & Art Facilitator
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.
Anne joined RADE in July 2018 as CE Supervisor. She 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.
Anne has previously 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.
Since joining RADE Anne has become a CRA Accredited Practitioner and has completed a programme in Trauma Informed Care.
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. Since joining RADE Niamh has completed a number of trainings including CRA Accreditation, Key Working, Care Planning & Case Management, Pharmacology of Addiction, and ASIST. She has also completed Drama training with Gaiety school of acting and currently assist drama workshops in RADE.
CE Support Worker
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.
CE Support Worker
Brona has Bachelor’s degree in Applied Addiction Studies and Community Development from Carlow IT with a background in graphic design. Having been a mural artist and arts facilitator in the past, creating an inclusive environment is her priority. Brona’s beliefs are based on human rights, inclusion and equality standards and ethics, as well as social justice. Respect, honesty and no judgement are paramount principles of her approach. Brona’s passions include holistic development, spirituality and mentoring. A holistic approach to treatment is her preferred method and includes grounding techniques, breath work and mindfulness. Brona’s ideological perspective is based on harm reduction principles that focus on the well-being of the individual. She is person-centred and holds values such as, anti-discrimination and empowerment.
Support Worker (HSE)
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)
Iria Larrinaga Carballo
Iria joined RADE in November 2020. She has completed Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2014. Initially she worked in clinical psychology contexts in hospitals, however she decided to redirect her career towards social psychology by completing a Masters Degree in Psychology of Social Intervention in 2017, specializing in Drug Addiction Intervention. Iria is strongly interested in the psychological intervention carried out with populations affected by social issues and drug addiction.
Iria is a person-centred in her practice, and believe in the importance leaving prejudice behind to empower people who use drugs.
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, filmmaker
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
David Butler, writer