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.

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.

The consortium developed a proposal that would become The Genesis Programme when a call was made in April 2013 for area-based consortia to submit applications for funding under an initiative which at that time was called An Area Based Response to Child Poverty Programme 2013 – 2016.

It was the Department of Children and Youth Affairs who invited these proposals under a new programme of area-based interventions focused on addressing child poverty. This was part of the Programme for Government and it’s primary objective was to break the cycle of child poverty within areas where it was most deeply entrenched.

Following a rigorous selection process, The Genesis Programme was selected as one of the ABC Programme areas announced by the then Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, TD in November 2013.

During 2014 The Genesis Programme further developed a Logic Model (outlining six key objectives, inputs, outputs and outcomes), a comprehensive supporting Implementation Plan and a detailed Budget.

The Project Team were recruited in September and October 2014 through an open-call and on the 1st December 2014 the new team commenced the implementation of the programme in collaboration with all of the Partner Organisations.

Project Team

The Genesis Programme team: (left – right): Claire Gleeson, Frances Durnin, Alice Malone, Hugh Doogan, Yvonne Forde and Marie-Clare Hamill
Marie-Clare Hamill

Marie-Clare is the Administrator with The Genesis Programme.

Having worked for many years in a range of different roles,  it was time spent volunteering with the homeless that provided Marie-Clare with the impetus to work with the unemployed and disadvantaged.

She has worked with the unemployed and disadvantaged as a Trainer, Training Co-ordinator and Training Centre Manager.

Marie-Clare studied Business in UCD and has Training and Information Technology qualifications.

This experience and qualifications provide her with all the skills necessary in the administration of a busy office.

Alice Malone
Quality Assurance Coordinator

Alice joined The Genesis Programme on secondment from Tusla – the Child & Family Agency.

Alice is a qualified youth and community worker who has a long history of working in both the voluntary and statutory sector and she has held a number of roles including Director of what is now Youthwork Ireland Louth for 10 years.

Alice moved to Tusla (Child and Family Agency) to manage the Muirhevanmor Springboard Initiative – a community based family support project.  During her time there she began delivering the Incredible Years® and became the first accredited Parent Programme Group Leader in Co. Louth in 2012.

She also was a key driver in establishing an Incredible Years® Parent Forum in Dundalk, was responsible for piloting and facilitating the Louth Pre-School Incredible Years® Programme and also piloting the first ever Incredible Years® Parent & Baby and Toddler Programmes in the county.

Alice  is currently training to become an accredited Incredible Years® Peer Coach (Parent Programme). She is also a Group Leader in the Teacher Classroom Management Programme.

Hugh Doogan
Programme Manager

Hugh moved to take up the role of Programme Manager with The Genesis Programme from Louth Leader Partnership (the lead agency), having worked there as Education Coordinator since 2006.

Hugh introduced the Incredible Years® suite of programmes to schools in the Drogheda area in 2006 and in many ways the work of The Genesis Programme began there.

During his time with Louth Leader Partnership, he refocused the work on early intervention and prevention projects involving children, their families and communities.

He was a member of the team who developed the Louth proposal for the ABC Programme.

Hugh holds a BA in Public Administration from the University of Limerick and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of West London.

Frances Durnin
Development Officer (Antenatal & Baby Programmes)

Frances is a Public Health Nurse on secondment from the HSE Louth Primary Care Services.

Frances trained as a Registered General Nurse at Thames Valley University in London and continued her career there working in Urology and Oncology settings. During this time she also completed a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies.

On returning to Ireland she began working in the Accident & Emergency Department in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing. In 2010 she began working as a Public Health Nurse in the Muirhevnamor Health Centre in Dundalk.

Frances is an accredited Group Leader in the Incredible Years® Parent & Baby the Incredible Beginnings™ Programmes.

Claire Gleeson
Development Officer (Early Years Programmes)

Claire joined The Genesis Programme with over 17 years’ experience as an early year’s educator and leader having worked in a variety of early years roles in both Ireland and the UK.

Claire has a keen interest in and experience of working in the community-based sector; engaging with children and in partnership with families who may be experiencing social exclusion and disadvantage.

In addition to effective pedagogy and early year’s expertise she also has experience of developing and managing the day to day running and financial planning of a full day care service.

Claire’s qualifications include a BA in Early Childhood Care and Education.

Claire is an accredited Group Leader in the Incredible Beginnings™ Programme and a certified Group Leader in the Incredible Years® Classroom Dina and Parent Programmes.

Yvonne Forde
Development Officer (Schools Programmes)

Yvonne is a social science graduate with over 10 years experience in youth work, community and special education.

Previously employed  as a School Completion Project Officer with responsibility for 2 DEIS primary schools in Navan, Yvonne has experience of working with educational disadvantage both at a primary and post primary level.

She spent a period of time working with the Canadian Special Education Department as a special educational tutor in the School of Orton Gillingham where she held responsibility for the diagnostic assessment of students on behalf of the Canadian Ministry of Child and Youth Services.  She also spent time working as a pre-school teacher with the Oxford Learning Academy.

Yvonne is a Group Leader in the Incredible Years® Classroom Dina, Small Group Dina, Teacher Classroom Management and Parent Programmes.

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)
Michael Cullinane Regional Director, National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
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 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, HSCL, St. Joseph’s NS, Dundalk

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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