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The Right Projects

One for Ireland is about making the best possible impact to the most pressing issues. Our research has demonstrated that youth homelessness is the most pressing issue for young people today as well as being somewhere we can make a difference. However, rather than just raising money and handing over a cheque we want to go out and engage with the projects that are making the greatest impact in their communities.

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One for Ireland is all about impact. It’s about getting much needed funding to the best available charity projects. To make sure we select the best charities we are working with a panel of professionals whose experience crosses campaigning and grassroots organization to community youth development and psychology to media and business. Here’s our panel:

Charity Selection Panel 2017

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Brent Pope

As well as being a popular rugby pundit and media figure, Brent Pope is also the curator of a popular art gallery for mental health artists called The Outside in Art Gallery and is involved in several mental health charities, and is an ambassador for St Patricks Hospital Walk in My Shoes and Cycle Against suicide.

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Senator Lynn Ruane

Lynn is an outspoken advocate for young people’s issues in the Seanad. She has a background of community development work, having worked as an addiction counsellor for 12 years in Dublin City and she also founded and ran addiction programmes. Lynn has spoken out on numerous occasions in the media about the importance of positive mental health for young people.

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Ian Power

Ian currently works as the Executive Director at Spunout, a digital platform that empowers young people by providing information on all things youth related. He has personally written and spoken about youth mental health and mental health services in Ireland. He serves as president of the National Youth Council of Ireland. He has developed award winning educational programmes for young people and also serves as a board member of the Citizens Information Board and the National College of Art and Design.

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Sabina Cotter

Sabina is Head of Grants and Programmes at the Irish Youth Foundation. She works closely with children and community workers across the country to develop and maintain Youthbank programmes to give young people in Ireland the chance of a bright future.

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Anna Gunning

Anna is the International Office at the National Youth Council of Ireland. She has worked to develop and support youth programmes such as the Next Steps toolkit for increasing rates of advancement into secondary school for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Niall McLoughlin

Niall is the CEO of the Irish Youth Foundation where he has worked since 2012. Prior to that he served as ISPCA Director of Fundraising and as CEO of the Irish Osteoporosis Society. Before working in the not-for-profit sector Niall was Managing Director of Ross Communications and holds a BA Degree from Maynooth University, a Higher Diploma in Public Relations from the Fitzwilliam Institute and a Certificate in Fundraising from Fundraising Ireland. Niall has been heavily involved with the One for Ireland project from the beginning.

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Tanya Ward

Tanya Ward is the Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance since 2012. Previously, she was the Deputy Director at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) where she worked for eight years. She has also worked with the Irish Centre for Migration Studies, the Irish Refugee Council, the Curriculum Development Unit and the City of Dublin VEC. A former lecturer in human rights on the MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies, TCD and the Masters in Equality Studies in the UCD School for Social Justice, she is a former board member with Campaign for Children and played a major role in the children’s referendum of 2012. She was also a former Vice President for the International Federation of Human Rights (2008-2011). Tanya has graduate and post-graduate degrees from UCC and a LLM in Human Rights from Queens University Belfast as well as a Certificate in Managing Community and Voluntary Organisations from the National College of Ireland. Tanya is currently the Children’s Rights Alliance’s representative on the National Advisory Council for the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People. She is also a board member of the Law Centre for Children and Young People Board, a member of the Planning Group of the Prevention and Early Intervention Network and a member of the Oversight Board for the Childcare Law Reporting Project.

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Eilis Hennessy

Eilis Hennessy is senior lecturer in developmental psychology in UCD School of Psychology where she has worked since 1993 and was Head of School from 2009 to 2012. She serves as a member on the Expert Advisory Group on the Early Years Strategy to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and is a member of the Board of Directors for St. Michael’s House. Her research spans a wide range of youth mental health issues. She is a founding member of the UCD Mental Health Lab which conducts research in mental health, fights mental health stigma, runs mental health awareness training in schools and operates a young person’s forum on mental health.

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Professor James Lucey

Prof. James Lucey is Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services in Dublin and is the Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He has over 30 years of experience working with patients suffering from mental health problems. In addition to medical management, he maintains his clinical practice at St Patrick`s, where he specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and management of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. He gives public lectures and is a regular broadcaster on mental health matters.


One for Ireland does not commit itself to a given charity. In order to have the best impact we will divided Ireland into geographical regions and a percentage of the funds raised will be assigned to each region, benefitting one of our partners.

We will award projects based on several criteria including: the suitability of the organisation as a whole to take in funding, the purpose of the grant, projected impact and effectiveness as well as the overall innovativeness of the project. The conditions of the grant include full transparency on all funds awarded and grants must not be utilised for the purpose of administrative expenses. Grants cannot be given to salaries, except for those absolutely essential to support the application in question and all money must be used specifically for the purpose to which it was granted.