Dr Paula Clancy
Paula Clancy is founding Director of TASC which was established 15 year ago as an independent think tank with the aim of changing the nature of the political debate in Ireland in order to raise the profile of arguments for a more just and equal society. The TASC work programme has two strands economic inequality and democratic accountability. Prior to 2001 Paula held senior management and academic posts in higher education. Paula is author / co-author of a range of major research projects, most recently in the fields of political analysis and democratic accountability. She has authored a number of articles on the consequences of austerity in Ireland since the crisis. Substantive publications include ’Mapping the Golden Circle’ (2010), ‘Power to the People?: Assessing Democracy in Ireland (2007) and ‘ Outsourcing Government’ (2006).
Proinsias De Rossa
Proinsias De Rossa was elected Chair of TASC's Board in 2012. Formerly, MEP for Dublin (1989-1992, 1999-2012), Member of the Dáil (1982-2002) and Minister for Social Welfare (1994-1997) when he introduced the first ever National Anti-Poverty Strategy in Ireland. Proinsias is also a member of the IIEA and the European Movement.
Board Member, Chair Finance and Audit Committee
Chair of the Children's Research Centre Council, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin and former Chair, European Movement Ireland. Previously, Chair of Unilever Ireland and CEO, Lever Ireland.
Industrial engineer and economic development consultant. Michael retired in 2012 as Property, Infrastructure and Energy Manager in Shannon Development. Formerly he was chairman of Shannon Estuary Ports and is currently a director of Shannon Airport Authority.
Currently Senior Administrator in the GUE/NGL Group in the European Parliament, previously Director of an EU research & information consultancy and, from 1978 to 1990, branch secretary with the FWUI/SIPTU.
Dr Shana Cohen
Dr Shana Cohen is the Director of TASC. She studied at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a PhD in Sociology. Her PhD analyzed the political and social consequences of market reform policies in Morocco for young, educated men and women. Since then, she has continued to conduct research on how economic policies have influenced political and social identity, particularly in relation to collective action and social activism.
Dr. David Begg is chairman of the Pensions Authority and of the Mater Misericordiae group of hospitals. He is a former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions(ICTU). He was CEO of Concern Worldwide from 1997 to 2001 and is currently chairman of Barnardos Children's Charity. He holds an MA in International Relations from DCU and a PhD in Sociology from NUI Maynooth.
Micheál Collins is Assistant Professor of Social Policy at School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, at University College Dublin. He was previously a Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI), as well as a member of the Commission on Taxation (2008-2009) and the Government's Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare (2011-2014).
Orla O'Connor is Director of National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), the leading national women’s membership organisation in Ireland, with over 190-member groups and currently Co-Director of Together For Yes, the national Civil Society Campaign to remove the 8th Amendment. Orla holds an MA in European Social Policy, and after starting out in local community-based projects, has worked in senior management in non-governmental organisations for over 25 years.
Yvonne O’ Callaghan is an advocate with the Workers’ Rights Centre of the SIPTU Trade Union. She has previously worked at the international and national level in implementing political campaigns, democratic development and empowerment with Social Democratic organisations. She also worked for the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) with a focus on equality, trade union organising, labour rights and international labour standards. She is the current chair of Fair Trade Ireland and Vice-Chair of Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Global Solidarity Committee.
Recently invited to join its Board, Bríd Nolan has been associated with TASC since its inception. She is a former EU official of some 30 years experience. She has been a member of the Board of Beaumont Hospital and its Research Ethics Committee, and as well as a member and sometime chair of the Research Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Joe Saunders is Manager at the Irish Local Development Network. He holds 35 years of experience in the community sector in roles as diverse as frontline worker, animator, advocate, trainer, researcher, consultant and manager.