Ann Irwin is the joint National Co-ordinator with Community Work Ireland. A passionate believer in social justice, equality and inclusion, Ann previously worked with NUI Galway and, on a free-lance basis, in policy, as a strategic and regeneration planner and as a researcher, responsible for publications in the areas of racism, domestic violence, climate justice and community development.
Ann is a member of the Cross-Sectoral Group that developed and is now charged with the implementation of Sustainable, Inclusive and Empowered Communities: A five-year strategy to support the community and voluntary sector in Ireland 2019-2024. She has represented the interests of the community sector on a range of national forums and has engaged internationally.
Ann is a voluntary Director of Galway Traveller Movement and a founding member of the Galway Environmental Network.
Rachel Doyle joint National Co-ordinator of Community Work Ireland. She is a qualified community worker with over 25 years’ experience of working in the community sector at local and national levels.
She is a voluntary board member of Domestic Violence Response, a community led organisation responding to the issue of domestic abuse in Galway city and county.
Previously she worked as Co-ordinator of Galway Traveller Support Group, a Traveller Community Development Project, and as national Co-ordinator of the National Traveller Women’s Forum. She worked for 10 years as Head of Development and Outreach with the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Throughout her career, she has represented the interests of the community sector nationally and internationally.
Her key areas of interest are community development, gender equality and anti-racism.