Governance | Rialachas

The Irish Writers Centre keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with most recent statements (2019) available below. These accounts are independently audited and made public on our website. Our accounts are also prepared according to the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP), which is recognised as best practice by the Accounting Standards Board. 

The Irish Writers Centre is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority in the Republic of Ireland. Our Charity Registration number is CHY 19738.

Our Board | Ár mBord

The Irish Writers Centre is governed by a voluntary board of Directors. Our board members receive no payments and serve a maximum of two three-year terms. 


Margaret Hayes, Chairperson 

Margaret HayesAs Dublin City Librarian 2010-2018, Margaret was responsible for the strategic leadership, development and delivery of Public Library, Archive and Gallery services for Dublin City.  From 2013-2018 she led the Parnell Square City library and Cultural Quarter project to planning submission stage. She took on the role of Chair of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Group, 2010 -2018; she was Chair of the Dublin Book Festival Committee 2014-2017 and Chair of the International Dublin Literary Award 2010-2018. She is a board member for The Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural translation. 

Jenni Barrett 

Jenni Barrett is an Irish non-profit sector consultant, and former chief executive of ERD and Clongowes Wood College Foundation. She has over 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, organisational development, fundraising and philanthropy, communications and finance from both non-profit and corporate sectors. Jenni previously worked for the National Concert Hall, the Ark Cultural Centre for Children and University College Dublin, and is a former member of the board of the Childrens Books Ireland. Jenni is author of two novels Look into the Eye and The Songbird’s Way, published by Poolbeg Press, and she has recently completed her first novel for children.



Jacinta Shinnick

Jacinta Schinnick

Jacinta Shinnick is a Tax Director with KPMG. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland (FCA) and a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) with over 15 years’ practice experience. Jacinta advises a wide portfolio of clients, including charitable organisations and writers, on direct and indirect taxes and leads multidisciplinary projects involving tax, accounting, legal services and other advisory matters. She participates in KPMG’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, including the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland mentorship programme. Jacinta has a keen interest in writing and the arts.

Cathal Póirtéir

He now works as a producer and presenter of literary events and as a literary journalist. He has written original drama in Irish for television, radio and stage and his work has won a number of awards. He is working on a book about Lord George Hill and Gaoth Dobhair. Cathal Póirtéir is a writer and broadcaster who worked as a radio producer and presenter in RTÉ Radio 1 and Raidió na Gaeltachta for thirty years in features, documentary and drama, as well as current affairs. He has published about a dozen books in English and in Irish on social history and folklore, most notably on the Irish famine. He was commissioning editor for RTE of anthologies of contemporary poetry and short stories in Irish and a number of his programmes were published on CD, including a series on Blasket Island literature, a celebration of the Midnight Court and radio adaptations of folktales from the Donegal Gaeltacht.

Dermot Davis, IWC Members' Nominee 

Dermot is an award-winning author, screenwriter and playwright. His creative output encompasses varied genres and styles with a special focus on human themes and characters transformed by life experience. His published work includes the satirical novel, Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World which received a Gold Medal in the Reader's Favorite International Book Award, and was first place winner in the Somerset Awards and the USA Best Book Awards. A recipient of the O.Z Whitehead Playwriting Award, his plays have been produced at Theatre Banshee, Burbank, the Celtic Arts Center, Hollywood and Playwright’s Platform, Boston. As a founding member of Laughing Gravy Theatre he toured the east coast of the US. Laughing Gravy were subsequently invited as a resident theatre group at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC.  

Luán Ó Braonáin 

Luan O BraonainLuán is a senior counsel, practising at the Bar of Ireland. He has formerly been a member of the Board of Comhar magazine, a platform for writers, poets, reviewers, journalists and commentators in Irish. He advises and acts in cases ranging from administrative and constitutional law, through medical negligence and criminal cases, to media and defamation law. He is instructed on behalf of a diverse array of people and corporations, from private clients to local authorities, insurance companies and the State. He has a young family.





Deirdre Lillis

Dr Deirdre LillisDr Deirdre Lillis is Head of Computer Science in the Technological University of Dublin with over twenty years' experience in higher education. She has a track record of sustained innovation in professionally-oriented and internationalised online and blended learning programmes, in leading European projects and in proactive engagement with stakeholders in diverse sectors. She is a member of the Board of the Higher Education Authority and has experience of strategic management, corporate governance and organisational development. 



Susanne Dirks, Irish Translators' and Interpreters' Association nominee 

Susanne DirksSusanne Dirks, a native German, is an international business and Internet consultant and translator/interpreter with extensive experience and qualifications in translation/localisation, IT/web technologies, and internet marketing. After 20 years of working as a consultant and manager for technology MNCs, providing consultancy to companies across Europe, Susanne set up her own business, e-Vorsprung Consulting, helping companies to develop and implement a business-driven strategy for international web presence, including website localisation, website translation and  transcreation, international SEO, and e-marketing for export markets. Susanne is a qualified translator (Staatlich geprüfte Übersetzerin, 1989) and also holds an MSc in Knowledge-Based System (Edinburgh, 1993) and a First Class BSc (Hons) (London, 1992) in Information Technology. Since 2014, Susanne has served on the Executive Committee of the Irish Translators’ and Interpreters’ Association, currently acting as Secretary as well as leading the Sub-Committee on Marketing/Website.






 Emma Gorman

Emma Gorman headshot blueEmma is Publicity and Brand Partnerships Manager at Tourism Ireland, with responsibility for a wide range of areas, including Publicity strategy across all Tourism Ireland's international markets, influencer marketing, screen tourism, promotion of festivals, as well as cross-market brand partnerships. She has over 20 years experience in the Tourism Industry, marketing Ireland as a holiday destination overseas. She spent 7 years working for Bord Failte and later Tourism Ireland in Germany in PR and consumer marketing roles, before returning to Dublin to take up a PR role at Tourism Ireland and acting as the lead liaison with Failte Ireland, the Northern Irish Tourist Board and the tourism industry on publicity programmes. She later moved into the digital space, developing and managing Tourism Ireland's digital and social strategy, search engine marketing, paid content seeding and digital campaigns. Emma has a keen interest in the arts & literature, and has worked with many of Ireland's arts festivals & associations in her Tourism Ireland roles. For Emma, storytelling is core to the Irish sense of identity & indeed how we are perceived by others. She graduated from Trinity, with a BA in French and German. She later did an MBA with the Open University and a Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Digital Marketing Institute.
Lissa Oliver
Lissa Oliver Headshot pink
Lissa is an award-winning journalist specialising in the field of welfare for the horseracing industry, for both equine and participant health and well-being, her works published by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, among others. She is also a novelist, her first published novel, Nero – The Last Caesar, based on first century factual biographies of the Roman emperor Nero. She has three horseracing-themed thrillers published by Maverick House, Chantilly Dawns, a No.1 Bestseller on Amazon in March 2019, Sainte Bastien and the Silver Dagger nominee Gala Day. As well as being current Chair of the Irish Writers Union, she is on the Board of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and is an ETB tutor in creative writing and transformative community education.                                                                                                            

Under our Constitution, the Members of the Company are the Board Directors named above.


Audited Accounts

In compliance with the governance transparency for organisations in receipt of recurring Arts Council funding, the Irish Writers Centre audited accounts for 2019 are available to view. 

IWC Constitution

The Irish Writers Centre Constitution can be found here.

Privacy Policy

The Irish Writers Centre values the trust and information of our members and customers. In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) our Privacy Policy can be found here. 

Child Safeguarding Statement

The Irish Writers Centre has implemented principles and procedures which are observed to ensure, as far as possible, that a child is safe from harm while availing of our services both within our building and off-site. Our Child Safeguarding Statement can be found here and our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection and Welfare Policy can be found here.

The Governance Code and Principles of Good Fundraising

The IWC Board has a commitment to comply with the Governance Code and with the Principles of Good Fundraising. They are undertaking a review of both of these at present with a view to adopt them into policy in the future.


The Irish Writers Centre is committed to raising regular and credible sources of income from funders, earned income and other sources so as to be sustainable, and to pay our team a fair salary, in line with recognised arts remuneration scales. Here is a table with current remuneration information.

EDI Statement

As a publicly-funded organisation, we commit to take positive policy measures to promote equality of opportunity, access and outcomes for all those living in Ireland regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, civil or family status, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community, as well as socio-economic background. We acknowledge in particularly an absence of Black, people of colour, Traveller, Roma and working-class representation in the literature world in Ireland. We commit to identifying our own shortcomings and blind spots. We will prioritise anti-racism research and training, and examine the ways in which the Irish Writers Centre can meet the needs of marginalised writers through our work. Read our full statement.