The Genesis Programme is a consortium of some fifty Partner Organisations.

It is delivering the Incredible Years® suite of programmes and other evidence-informed interventions to children, families and communities in Dundalk and Drogheda in County Louth as part of the ABC Programme. It is also a partner in The Changing Lives Initiative (see Home page for more information).

The Partner Organisations of The Genesis Programme comprise Early Years settings, Schools, Community Groups, Louth Children & Young People’s Services Committee,  Louth County Childcare Committee, Dundalk Institute of Technology, National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)  and a range of departments within the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Tusla – the Child & Family Agency including four School Completion Programmes.

Louth Leader Partnership is the lead agency.


Project Team

The Genesis Programme's Changing Lives Initiative team at the launch with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and Gina McIntyre, CEO/SEUPB
Marie Clare Hamill
Keira Daly
Admin Assistant/ABC Programme
Hugh Doogan
Programme Manager
Alice Malone
Quality Assurance Coordinator/ABC Programme
Claire Gleeson
Development Officer - Early Years Programmes/ABC Programme
Yvonne Forde
Development Officer - Schools Programmes/ABC Programme
Laura Sherry
Development Officer - Anti Bullying & Resilience Programme
Christina Ryan
Local Coordinator/The Changing Lives Initiative
Eileen Costello Rawat
Data & Communications Officer (PT)/The Changing Lives Initiative
Annemarie Ó Murchú
Facilitator - Drogheda & South Louth/The Changing Lives Initiative
Siobhan McDonald
Facilitator - Dundalk & North Louth/The Changing Lives Initiative
Sandra Farrell
Facilitator (PT) - Mid Louth/The Changing Lives Initiative

Lead Agency

Louth Leader Partnership is the lead agency for The Genesis Programme and provides governance and Project Team employment.

Management Group

The Management Group provide technical expertise and have overall accountability for the successful delivery of The Genesis Programme.

Members of the Management Group are:

Claire Woods, Chairperson Manager, Louth County Childcare Committee
Dr. Edel Healy, Deputy Chairperson Head of School, Health & Science, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Denise Canavan Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS North Louth)
Mairead Davis Manager, Connect Family Resource Centre, Drogheda
Hugh Doogan Programme Manager, The Genesis Programme
Charlene Duff Regional Manager, ISPCC
Róisin Hughes Principal, Scoil Eoin Baiste, Dundalk
Fiona Kearney Manager, Prevention, Partnership and Family Support, Tusla
Anne Keeley Department of Social Protection
Dympna MacKenna Principal, St. John’s JNS, Drogheda
Annette McDonnell HSE, Area Manager's Office
Siobhan McElearney Assistant Director, Public Health Nursing Service, HSE
Benny McArdle Retired - former HSCL, St. Joseph's NS, Dundalk
Caitlin McKinley Social Worker, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Mary McSkeane Programme Director, Applied Early Childhood Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Alice Malone Quality Assurance Coordinator, The Genesis Programme
Gráinne Milne Clinical Midwifery Manager, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
Joanne Murphy Coordinator, Louth Children & Young People's Services Committee
Michelle Murray Principal, Redeemer Boys' School, Dundalk
Frank O’Brien Chairperson, Louth Leader Partnership
Clodagh O'Mahony Manager, Cox's Demesne Youth & Community Project, Dundalk
Niall Weldon Coordinator, Dun Dealgan School Completion Programme
Ciarán Reid CEO, Louth Leader Partnership
Gráinne Sullivan Area Manager, Tusla
Lorraine White Principal, St. Brigid’s GNS, Drogheda

Area Coordination Teams

In March 2016, following widespread consultation and discussion, it was agreed to establish four Area Coordination Teams (ACTs) in each of the four geographical areas that The Genesis Programme operates.

With the The Genesis Programme now delivering upwards of one hundred programmes each academic year from pre-birth right through to the series of Parent Programmes, there was a growing need for greater coordination of these at a local level as different services (schools, early years settings, community, statutory – Tusla/HSE) engage with the programme.

The ACTs cover the areas detailed below and are supported by a staff member from The Genesis Project Team.

The key function of the ACTs is to improve outcomes for children and families in the local area by ensuring appropriate interventions for children and families across The Genesis Programme suite of programmes and continuity of support throughout a child/children’s early years.

Specific tasks may include:

The ACTs held their first meetings in April 2016. Membership is drawn from local community stakeholders.

A new Implementation Review and Information Sharing Seminar will be held every 6 months with up to 3 reps from each ACT attending.

These reps can be rotated but they will bring information on best practice, challenges and so on from their area to the Seminar and the same information back to their ACT.

Area Coordination Team (ACT) The Genesis Project Team Representative
Northside Drogheda (Moneymore & surrounding areas) Frances Durnin
Southside Drogheda (Rathmullen & surrounding areas) Yvonne Forde
North Dundalk (Cox’s Demesne, Castletown Road & surrounding areas) Hugh Doogan
South Dundalk (Muirhevnamor & surrounding areas) Claire Gleeson


The Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the Management Group, along with the CEO of the lead agency and the Programme Manager along with two other nominees from the Management Group make up the Executive Committee of The Genesis Programme.

The current Chairperson of the Executive is Benny McArdle.

The members are:

Benny McArdle, former HSCL, St. Joseph’s NS, Dundalk (retired)

Joanne Murphy, Coordinator, Louth Children & Young People’s Services Committee

Claire Woods, Manager, Louth County Childcare Committee

Dr. Edel Healy, Head of School, Health & Science, Dundalk IT

Ciarán Reid, CEO, Louth Leader Partnership

Hugh Doogan, Programme Manager, The Genesis Programme


The Executive have devolved responsibility for Staffing Matters, Finance, Office Administration, Tenders and other ongoing matters from the Management Group.

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