Who We Are

Stephen Rourke – Independent Chairperson

Stephen Rourke is an independent consultant and researcher who is involved in carrying out reviews and evaluations and in producing Strategic Plans and other planning documents. Stephen has worked for over 60 different agencies, organisations and groups in the public and community / voluntary sectors over the last 30 years. These include Government Departments, local authorities, Local Development Companies, national voluntary organisations and significant social housing providers. In relation to regeneration related work Stephen has carried out an independent review of the Regeneration Programme in Limerick City and was also Chairperson of the RAPID Area Implementation Team during the time of the Regeneration Programme in Ballymun.
In addition to chairing the Regeneration Board in St Teresa’s Gardens since March 2017, Stephen has also been Chairperson of a number of other organisations. These include the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, HIV Ireland, Philanthropy Ireland and St Stephens Green Trust.

Rea Lavelle – Coordinator

Before starting with the DPCF in September 2022, Rea had worked as St. Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Coordinator for approximately 5 years. Her role was to support the Regeneration Board with delivery of physical, social and economic regeneration, as well as supervising community development and health work in the area. Rea was also involved in the development of Community Safety Forums in Dublin South Central areas from 2018 to 2021, and has previously worked in social policy and research, social housing and homelessness, as well as with the Local Employment Services.

Ann Canning – Fingal, Eugene and Cameron Streets Residents

Ann Canning lives on Fingal Street, with her young family. Having grown up, studied & worked in the city centre, Ann is ardent about developing quality living for all within the canals. As an architect, Ann brings her knowledge of planning & design to the board, where she represents Cork Street Buildings Residents Association. She currently works in the field of Daylight and Sunlight assessments. She has a MSc in Energy and Retrofit Technology and a deep commitment to sustainable development. 

Josephine Henry – Urban Planning and Education Advisor

Josephine Henry is a specialist in spatial planning and urban regeneration as well as advising on educational disadvantage and career progression. She has 20 years’ experience in community development work with a particular focus on urban spatial disadvantage and regeneration mechanisms. Prior to joining the Dublin City Community Cooperative in September 2016, Josephine worked for Community Technical Aid (CTA). Before CTA Josephine worked with various LEADER programmes as well as lecturing in DIT. Josephine’s specific areas of interest include: urban regeneration and residents issues; housing; spatial planning; education, training, and career guidance and a range of issues relating to the environment, as well as the polices underlining advocacy, community development and social inclusion.

Cllr. Maire Devine – Sinn Fein – Dublin South Central Area

Cllr Máire Devine is Sinn Féin’s Councillor for Dublin South Central Area.

Máire is a proud Liberties girl, born, reared and working in the Dublin 8 area. A senior psychiatric nurse who is a persistent advocate for those who are vulnerable and isolated.

Martin Quirke – Margaret Kennedy Road and Court Resident Group

Martin is a 36 year old father of three, a former resident of Saint Teresas Gardens and a member of STG regeneration board. He currently lives on MKR and is a member of the residents committee.Martin started his career in plumbing and built up a wealth of knowledge on housing construction and maintenance over 10 years. Martin also has a honours degree as well as a PhD in physics and nanotechnology. He currently works for Intel in process optimization and is a very vocal voice in the community.

Karen Jordan – Principal, St. Catherine’s National School

Karen has been Principal since 2017.  She has worked in St. Catherine’s N.S. since 2003 and held the Special Duties B Post before becoming Deputy Principal and then Principal.  A native of Carlow she studied for her B.Ed with  CICE and Trinity College and graduated in 1997. After teaching for a number of years in Sutton she joined the team in St. Catherine’s NS in 2003. She completed a Postgrad in Leadership with Maynooth University in 2009 and most recently she has completed a diploma in coaching for Educational Leaders with Coaching Academy Plus in 2021.

David McAuley – CEO – Donore Credit union

David is the CEO of Donore Credit Union since 2016.  He sees credit unions as being fundamental to the sustainability of communities not just in the provision of financial services but also ensuring members have access to financial options for self empowerment and ensuring local assets are retained locally.  Donore Credit Union is vital to the community.  David is an accountant from the Markets area of the inner city who wants communities in the inner city to have access to services and facilities the same as any other postcode in Dublin city.

Members of the DPCF (alphabetically)
  • Ann Canning, Eugene and Cameron Street Residents
  • Fearghal Connolly, Manager, Donore Community Drug and Alcohol Team
  • Father David Corrigan, Donore Parish Church
  • Cllr Máire Devine, Dublin City Council
  • Martin Donlon, Dublin City Council
  • Declan Hayden, Community Liaison Coordinator, Land Development Agency
  • Josephine Henry, Dublin City Community Cooperative
  • Billy Hicks, Sporting Liberties
  • Karen Jordan, Principal, St. Catherine’s National School
  • Sinead Kerins, Rehoboth Place Resident Group
  • Angela King, HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Officer for Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
  • David McAuley, Donore Credit Union
  • Laura O’Gorman, Dublin City Council
  • Breda O’Hara, Tenters Residents Association
  • Bruce Phillips, Area Manager, South Central Area, Dublin City Council
  • Cllr. Michael Pidgeon, Dublin City Council
  • Claire Pomroy, Senior Development Manager, Hines Real Estate Ireland
  • Martin Quirke, Margaret Kennedy Road and Court Resident Group
Dublin City Council

Two elected Dublin City councillors are represented on DPCF, and in addition two places on the Forum are held by senior DCC officials. Dublin is an international capital city and is the economic engine of the region and the State. Dublin City Council seeks to enhance the city’s attractiveness as a place in which to invest, to work, to live and to visit. It takes a leading role in shaping the strategic vision for the city. The City Council has a total annual expenditure (between revenue and capital) of close to €1.6 billion and a workforce of c.5,600 full-time employees.
It provides a broad range of services and infrastructure to both citizens and visitors to Dublin to sustain the life of the city. These services include the provision of housing, planning, development, environmental, roads and traffic, fire and emergency, leisure and community services.

Land Development Agency

The LDA are a commercial, State-sponsored body that has been created to coordinate land within State control for more optimal uses where appropriate, with a focus on the provision of housing.
The LDA will improve the way the housing market functions by:

  • Working with State bodies and Local Authorities to make more effective use of State lands, providing a stable, sustainable supply of land for housing.
  • Improving the planning system to facilitate State lands being used for housing.
  • Acquiring and developing land in a selective, targeted way that boosts housing supply.
  • Delivering rental market initiatives that provide affordable mass-market tenure.
  • Investing in research and innovation to identify new and better ways to deliver new homes.
  • Providing high-level expertise underpinned by robust governance.