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:
- Minister of State Seán Canney TD – Chair
- Assistant Secretary Deirdre McDonnell, Department of Education and Skills – Chair of Sponsors' Group
- Tríona Quill, Principal Officer, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
- D/Chief Superintendent, Declan Daly, Representative of An Garda Síochána
- Dr Karen McAuley, Representative of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children
- Jenny Dolan, Representative of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
- John Church, CEO, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
- Jennifer Glansford, Representative of Age Action Ireland
- Jane McGarrigle, Project Officer, Webwise.ie
- Ana Niculescu, Manager, Hotline.ie
- Paul Cunnane, Chair, ISPAI
- Áine Lynch, CEO, National Parents' Council (Primary)
- Ian Power, Executive Director, SpunOut.ie
- Niamh Sweeney, Head of Public Policy Ireland, Facebook Ireland
- Ryan Meade, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google Ireland
- Eoghan Ó Faoláin, Technology Ireland (IBEC)
- Liam O'Brien, Strategy and External Affairs Director, Vodafone Ireland
- Alex Cooney, CEO, Cybersafe Ireland
- Brian O'Neill, DIT
- Cormac Callanan, Aconite Internet Solutions
- 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.
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.