Council Membership

​As provided for in the Action Plan for Online Safety, the Council will have a core membership of up to 20, not including the chairperson. Membership of the Council will be refreshed every two to three years to involve other persons in the core membership.

The membership of NACOS is drawn from among the former Internet Safety Advisory Committee members, complemented by certain additions to broaden the membership and to ensure participation by key industry players.

The initial membership of the Council will comprise:

  1. Minister of State Seán Canney ​TD – Chair
  2. Assistant Secretary Deirdre McDonnell, Department of Education and Skills – Chair of Sponsors' Group
  3. Tríona Quill, Principal Officer, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  4. D/Chief Superintendent, Declan Daly, Representative of An Garda Síochána
  5. Dr Karen McAuley, Representative of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children
  6. Jenny Dolan, Representative of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
  7. John Church, CEO, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  8. Jennifer Glansford, Representative of Age Action Ireland
  9. Jane McGarrigle, Project Officer, Webwise.ie
  10. Ana Niculescu, Manager, Hotline.ie
  11. Paul Cunnane, Chair, ISPAI
  12. Áine Lynch, CEO, National Parents' Council (Primary)
  13. Ian Power, Executive Director, SpunOut.ie
  14. Niamh Sweeney, Head of Public Policy Ireland, Facebook Ireland
  15. Ryan Meade, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google Ireland
  16. Eoghan Ó Faoláin, Technology Ireland (IBEC)
  17. Liam O'Brien,  Strategy and External Affairs Director, Vodafone Ireland
  18. Alex Cooney, CEO, Cybersafe Ireland
  19. Brian O'Neill, DIT
  20. Cormac Callanan, Aconite Internet Solutions
  21. Dr James O'Higgins Norman, UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace, DCU National Anti-Bullying Research & Resource Centre

Senior officials from each of the six Sponsor Group Departments may attend meetings of the NACOS in an advisory capacity.

Working Groups​

It is envisaged that key elements of the Council's work will be progressed through working groups. The Council may establish working groups to inform specific pieces of work, the membership of which can involve experts and industry representatives relevant to the topic beyond the core membership of the Council.