The Genesis Programme is a consortium made up of Partner Organisations including the Early Learning & Care Centres, Schools, Community Groups, Louth Children & Young People’s Services Committee,  Louth County Childcare Committee, Dundalk Institute of Technology, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Tusla – the Child & Family Agency including four School Completion Programmes. Louth Leader Partnership is the lead agency. See the  Partners Section of this site for a full list of organisations.

The Genesis Programme was established in May 2013 as a response to a call from the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) to areas across the country to submit proposals for what was termed an area-based response to child poverty.

The ABC Programme was set up in 2013 in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government to adopt an area-based approach to tackling child poverty. The Programme was launched by former Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, and former Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, in 2013.

The ABC Programme is a prevention and early intervention initiative targeting investment in effective services to improve the outcomes for children and families living in areas of disadvantage.

The Genesis Programme submitted a proposal and was advised in November 2013, that it was one of thirteen successful applications made. For the next twelve months a comprehensive Implementation Plan and Logic Model were developed and a project team was put in place.

The work of the The Genesis Programme began in earnest on the 1st December 2014, when we entered contract with Pobal who were acting on behalf of DCYA as fiscal agents..

It was funded initially by DCYA in partnership with The Atlantic Philanthropies (Atlantic). Since 2018, it has been solely funded by DCYA and is now aligned and managed by Tusla.

The Genesis Programme has also become a partner in other projects such as The Changing Lives Initiative.

The Genesis Programme has continued to evolve to meet emerging needs and participated fully in the national evaluation of the ABC Programme which was overseen by the Centre for Effective Services (CES).

The Genesis Programme is currently delivering the following programmes:

  • The Area Based Childhood (ABC) Programme
  • The Changing Lives Initiative


Project Team

Members of The Genesis Programme project team at a national showcase event in Dublin - October 2019
ABC Programme Team
Funder: DCYA and aligned to Tusla
Hugh Doogan
Programme Manager
Marie Clare Hamill
Alice Malone
Prog Implementation Coordinator
Frances McNamara
Admin Assistant/ABC Programme
Laura Sherry
Development Officer/ABC Programme
Claire Gleeson
Development Officer/ABC Programme
Yvonne Forde
Development Officer/ABC Programme
Evelyn Lee
Development Officer/ABC Programme
Changing Lives Initiative Team
Funder: INTERREG VA managed by SEUPB
Christina Ryan
Local Coordinator/The Changing Lives Initiative
Eileen Costello Rawat
Data & Comms Officer/The Changing Lives Initiative
Annemarie Ó Murchú
Facilitator/The Changing Lives Initiative
Siobhan McDonald
Facilitator/The Changing Lives Initiative
Sandra Farrell
Facilitator/The Changing Lives Initiative

Lead Agency

Louth Leader Partnership is the lead agency for The Genesis Programme, providing governance and are the employers of the project team.

Programme Management Committee

The Programme Management Committee provide technical expertise and have overall accountability for the successful delivery of The Genesis Programme. The members of the Programme Management Committee are:

Claire Woods (Deputy Chairperson) Manager, Louth County Childcare Committee
Dr. Edel Healy Head of School, Health & Science, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Hugh Doogan Programme Manager, The Genesis Programme
Benny McArdle (Chairperson) Former HSCL, St. Joseph's NS, Dundalk
Joanne Murphy Coordinator, Louth Children & Young People's Services Committee
Ciarán Reid CEO, Louth Leader Partnership
Caitlin McKinley Chairperson, Area Coordination Team (Drogheda) & Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
Niall Weldon Chairperson, Area Coordination Team (Dundalk) & School Completion Programme Dún Dealgan
Kieva Bradley Chairperson, Area Coordination Team (Mid/Rural Louth) & New Leaf Project

Area Coordination Teams

In March 2016, following widespread consultation and discussion, it was agreed to establish Area Coordination Teams (ACTs) to coordinate the delivery of the programme at a local level.

With the The Genesis Programme now delivering upwards of one hundred programmes each academic year there was a growing need for greater coordination of these at a local level as different services engage with the programme.

The ACTs cover the areas detailed below and each one is supported by one of The Genesis Programme project team.

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

Specific tasks include:

Membership is drawn from local community stakeholders.

Area Coordination Team (ACT) The Genesis Programme Project Team Representative
Drogheda Yvonne Forde
Dundalk Claire Gleeson
Mid/Rural Louth Laura Sherry

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