McGrath Housing & Care


Board Members

The Paddy McGrath Housing Project is fully committed to upholding the highest standards of corporate governance.

We believe that maintaining these high standards is integral to demonstrating accountability to those who fund us. It is also proactive and responsive to achieving the goals of the The Paddy McGrath Housing Project.

The Paddy McGrath Housing Project is governed by a voluntary board of directors. It is made up of experienced and driven people. The board is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the organisation.

Barre Fitzpatrick (Chairman)

Barre has over thirty years’ experience   coaching and training high –performing professionals and senior managers both in Ireland and overseas.  He has facilitated many high-profile organisations with their strategic planning and executive development. 

Marianne Byrne

Marianne was Director of Nursing in Baggot Street Hospital and has held a number of Director’ posts within the health services in Ireland, where she had responsibility for the overall management of nursing services. She has also worked with Concern worldwide in four African countries, where she had responsibility four country programme direction including strategic management, HR, financial control, quality assurance, government/donor relations and research and development.

Tom Finlay

Tom Finlay acts as an independent director of Financial Services Companies, is an executive coach, a supervisor of executive coaches, and a psychotherapist. Tom’s leisure interests include fly-fishing in the West of Ireland, Cycling, and all-year-round sea-swimming.

Kelly Fogarty

Kelly has been a Private Secretary to the UN Representative for Ireland, as well as undertaking a chief administration role with a Foras Forbartha. Later in her career, she became a Director of an SME, with a focus on management accounting. She still retains a supervisory position in that company, while focussing much of her professional time operating her mediation and conflict resolution business.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly was previously Managing Partner at McKeever Solicitors in the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin, is admitted to practice in Ireland, England, and Wales, and is a CEDR Accredited Mediator.  He has advised extensively on all aspects of Financial Services (including Insurance), Corporate and Private Client Litigation for over 25 years and has acted for many receivers as well as appointing them on behalf of Financial Institutions. He has extensive experience in advising Financial Institutions on the enforcement of security, including seeking possession, management and disposal of secured property. Patrick has been the coordinator of Consult A Colleague (the solicitors’ helpline) for the past ten years and is a co- founding trustee of Arc House Cancer Support Centre.  

Aidan Smith

Aidan has over 40 years’ experience in Civil and Structural Engineering in the UK, Ireland, and The Middle East. He was involved in the three Granby Lane projects with CSEA Consulting Engineers and continues to act as a consultant to them following his retirement as a director in 2017. He is a Chartered member of Engineers Ireland and the Association of Consulting Engineers in Ireland.

Bernard Treacy O.P.

Bernard Treacy, O.P., is director of Dominican Publications and editor of the journal Conversations, having edited the theology journal Doctrine & Life from 1989 to 2023. At the time the Project came into being, he was a member of the same Dominican community as the founder, Fr Paddy McGrath.