National Executive Committee – Section Ireland 2018 – 2021

President – Conor O´Higgins

Conor O’Higgins

IPA Ireland President

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Mobile: +353 (0)87 996 4025

Conor was elected as President on the 21st April 2018 at National Congress, Donegal.  In 2006 was elected to the position of Secretary General and oversaw major IPA Infrastructural changes expanding the Regional Base to match each Garda Division.

Conor is a native of Waterford City and joined An Garda Siochana in November 1974.  After training he was posted to Cabinteely, Dublin then to Union Quay Cork City and in 1980 to Kilkenny City.  In 1990 promoted Sergeant and served in Thomastown until 1995 when he returned to Kilkenny taking on the role of Sergeant In Charge until promotion to Inspector in 1999.  Conor joined the management of Student/Probationer Training at Garda College.

Conor was introduced to IPA very early in his career by his Section Sergeant, Former President of IPA, John Hickson.  In 2000 Conor took on the role of Chair of the College Branch which was then in the old Region 4.  In 2000 the College was designated a Region and Conor served as Chair of the Region up to when he was elected Secretary General.  Conor retired in 2007 and changed careers to teaching in Further Education where he is still attached to Ormonde College of Further Education, Kilkenny.

Conor is married to Catherine, living in Kilkenny since 1980 and has four children Ronan , Niall, Niamh and Adrian.  He presently has four Grandchildren, Kate, Charlie, Ruth and Max and another due in September.

1st Vice President – Marie Daly

Marie Daly

First Vice President

Contact Address:
c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9


At the 2015 National Congress Marie Daly was elected to the position of 1st Vice President of Section Ireland. Marie has served on the NEC since 2001, having responsibility for the Enrolment Portfolio for the past 14 years. Marie has experience at International level, serving on the International Professional Commission.

Vice President – Declan J. O´Byrne

Declan J. O’Byrne

Vice President

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Tel (Mobile): 00353 (0)87 264 8761

Secretary General – Carlo Griffin

Carlo Griffin

Secretary General

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Carlo Griffin was elected to the portfolio of Secretary General of Section Ireland in April at IPA National Congress 2018 in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

A member of the IPA since 1994, Carlo had previously served as an Internal Auditor of Section Ireland for 3 years (2015 – 2018), having been elected at National Congress 2015 in Athlone. He also holds the position of Chairperson of the Slieve Bloom Region (No. 10) encompassing Laois and Offaly. Carlo is a serving member An Garda Síochána and is currently attached to Birr Garda Station, Co. Offaly. He has 24 years of service in An Garda Síochána and has served in Harcourt Terrace – Dublin, Garda HQ, Garda College and for the last 9 years has been a Sergeant in the Laois/Offaly Division serving in Portlaoise, Edenderry and Birr.

Carlo is originally from the Treaty City of Limerick and is a very proud Munster Man living in the heart of Leinster. His home is now in Offaly where he is married to Claire and has 3 Children. Carlo looks forward to his role as Secretary General and hopes to continue the fantastic work that previous Secretaries General have carried out for this Section, including most recent Secretary General and now President, Conor O Higgins.

Treasurer – Damian Crummey


Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

At the 2015 National Congress in Athlone, Damian Crummey was elected to the NEC with responsibility for the portfolio of National Treasurer. Damian is a long time member of the IPA, and was very much involved with the IPA Garda Motorcycle Club (IPAGMC) for many years, taking part in many IPAGMC events. Damian has also been involved in local management of IPA and is the Regional Secretary of the Tara na Rí Region (Region No. 11 – Meath)

Assistant Secretary General (Youth & Junior Members) – Joyce O’ Grady

Joyce O’ Grady

Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Youth and Junior Members

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Assistant Treasurer (Supplies) – Mary O´Connell

Mary O´Connell

Assistant Treasurer with responsibility for Supplies

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9


At the 2015 National Congress in Athlone, Mary O´Connell of Iona Region (DMR North, Region No. 4) was elected to the newly designated Portfolio of Assistant Treasurer with responsibility for Supplies.

Mary is a long time member of the IPA and has been involved at Regional level for many years, serving on the Regional Committee of what was previously Region No. 1 (now Iona Region). Following the restructing of the Regions in 2014, Mary is now a member of Tara na Rí Region (Meath; No 11 Region)

Social and Clubs Officer – Donal Sweeney

Donal Sweeney

Social & Clubs Officer

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9


Donal Sweeney was elected to the newly designated Portfolio of Social and Clubs Officer at the 2015 National Congress in Athlone. This portfolio includes all of the responsibilities that Donal had as the office holder of the Social Secretary portfolio with the added responsibility for IPA Clubs and IPA Hobbies.

Donal has been a member of the IPA since 1980 and became involved in the management of the IPA through his membership of the then Longford Branch Committee. He was elected to the position of National Social Secretary at the 2006 National Congress in Carrigaline and was re-elected to that position at National Congress 2009 in Ennistymon and at the 2012 National Congress in Waterford.

Accommodations Officer – Chris Cahill

Chris Cahill

Accommodations Officer

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Phone: 01 830 2907 

Chris Cahill, an IPA member of some 19 years standing was co-opted onto the National Executive Committee of IPA Section Ireland in January 2016, as Accommodation Officer.

Chris is a serving member of An Garda Síochána, stationed in the South of the Country and while acknowledging that managing our national property portfolio will pose particular challenges, looks forward to meeting those challenges and working with our the individual house managers around the country and with the NEC to offer the best possible service to our members over the next two years.

Chris is committed to ensuring that IPA accommodation meets the highest standard and will will oversee and upgrading programme where this is required.

Membership and Development Officer – Willie Maye

Willie Maye

Membership & Development Officer

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9


At the 2015 National Congress in Athlone, Willie Maye was re-elected to the NEC. In line with the changes enacted at the Special National Congress of 2014, the Portfolio of National Development Secretary (NDS) has been extended and once again includes the responsobility of National Enrolment Secretary (NES).

The principal function of the NDS/NES are:

  • To encourage enrolment at all levels from students to retired members.
  • To advise on activities conducive to development.
  • To ensure that computer records and printouts are kept up-to-date.
  • To oversee the distribution of IPA publications and deal with related problems.
  • To re-activate weak Regions.
  • To consult with Regions on adequacy of Regional structures.
  • To intervene where AGMs and ARCs are not held and to set up provisional committees in such cases under the provisions of new Rule 19(6)(f).
  • To liaise with the Editor / Communications Officer on matters related to development.

To report to the National Professional Commission on matters relating to development.

Enrolment of New Members: – To become an ordinary member of Section Ireland of the International Police Association;-

An applicant must either be (A) a serving or retired member of An Garda Siochana or (B) a serving member of the Garda Reserve. He/She must complete the relevant application form, supply 2 passport-type photographs and undertake to abide by the Constitution,.Rules and Schedules of Section Ireland. Serving and Retired members of An Garda Síochána must sign an Authorisation to the Accountant, Department of Justice, for the deduction at source from salary/pension of the membership subscription, which is currently set at €0.95 per week. This amount can only be changed by direction of National Council.

Foreign police personnel who come to live in Ireland after retirement and who were members of IPA in the country in which they had served, or who wish to become a new member of IPA, should apply to the National Development and Enrolment Officer for membership of the Ireland Section of IPA. Suchmembership may only be granted by the NEC.

All members may elect regional Committees triennially. Delegates to NC (who must be Regional Committee members) may elect duly nominated candidates to NEC. All Regional members may attend annual Regional AGM. Duly appointed Delegates will attend NC eavch year. Other members or guests may attend, subject to the consent of the President, or chairman.

New members are issued a membership card on joining the Association. They also receive a digital copy of the IPA Ireland Constitution, Rules and Schedules. Each member is entitled to receive a copy of each edition of IPA Journal, and any other publication produced for the membership.

Membership has many benefits, including the opportunity of participating in the activities of the Association, nationally and internationally. IPA accommodation is available at attractive terms in many of the 64 IPA Sections. Youth exchange between Sections and Young Police Officer’s Programmes and Seminars are held annually..

Membership has its obligations –  Members are obliged to

  • maintain the good name of the Association
  • help all members either by advice or practical assistance where necessary
  • promote toleration and peace through cultural, professional and social contacts

Travel Officer – Ann Liston

Ann Liston

Travel Officer

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Tel (Mobile): 00353 (0)86 854 8284

Ann was first elected to the N.E.C. in 2009 and has since served 9 years as Assistant Secretary General/Youth & Junior Members.
In 2018, at National Congress in Letterkenny, Ann was elected to the position of Travel Officer.   Ann has been actively involved in I.P.A. since 1981 and is currently Travel Officer of the Cork North Region, which covers the Cobh, Midleton, Mallow and Fermoy Districts.

To quote Ann, ” I have a personal interest in travel and will endeavour to organise affordable and attractive trips to encourage and entice members of all ages to join and participate in such trips.   I also look forward to the new challenge and I commit to giving assistance, encouragement and advise to any Region wishing to organise a Travel Event”.

The National Travel Secretary oversees the licensing and management of IPA Travel in this Section and is a member of the National Social Commission of IPA Ireland. The National Travel Secretary organises Group Tours for the IPA members of this Section to International IPA events in destinations all over the world. These Tours are well supported and member are rewarded with an opportunity of meeting IPA members from around the world while enjoying a first class holiday in a foreign land.

Contacts made by our members who participate in these travel events often build into long lasting friendships, resulting in exchange visits and ongoing contact at home and abroad. If you have never experienced one of the IPA organised travel events, why not talk to the IPA Travel Secretary about getting involved or contact the IPA Office for further information.

Editor and Communications Officer – Joe Lynch

Joe Lynch

Editor & Communications Officer

Contact Address: c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Mobile: +353 86 233 8603

Former President of Section Ireland, Joe Lynch has been a member of IPA since 1975 and has been actively involved in the Association since 1978. In 1985, Joe was elected to the position of Supplies Secretary on the National Executive Committee. In 1994, he became 1st Vice President of the Section and served as President of this Section from 2000 – 2006.

In keeping with the Rules of the Section, he stood down from position of National President at the end of his second term of Office at the National Congress in Carragaline, Co Cork on 29th April 2006.

Joe Lynch served on the International Internal Commission, 2000 – 2003 under the chairmanship of the then Assistant International Secretary General, John Waumsley. He served on the International Cultural Commission 2003 – 2006 under the chairmanship of the then 3rd International Vice President S. J. J. Smit.

Joe has many years experience in the area of publishing within the International Police Association in this Section.

Immediate Past President

Denis Dunne

Immediate Past President

Contact Address: Rathloose, Powerstown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary


c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Mobile: +353 86 243 1234

President of IPA Section Ireland, Denis Dunne has wide ranging experience at national level. Denis held the position of Social Secretary following his election to the National Executive Committee at National Council in Galway in 1991. He held that portfolio until National Congress 2006 in Carraigaline, Co. Cork where he was elected to the position of Vice President on 29th April 2006 taking on the mantle of Chairperson of the Social Commission.


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