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Our structure

The LGMA Board sets the broad strategy and policies of LGMA, which are implemented and delivered through a pillar organisation structure.

The Board approves the Agency’s operational plans and budgets and have an oversight role in relation to the activities of the Agency. The LGMA also has an Oversight and Performance Delivery and Service Agreement with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

The LGMA Board consists of 11 members, including 8 chief executives of county or city councils and 3 nominees of the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The current Board membership is:

  • Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council (Chair)
  • Peter Carey, Chief Executive, Kildare County Council
  • Tim Lucey, Chief Executive, Cork County Council
  • Michael Walsh, Chief Executive Waterford City and County Council
  • Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council
  • Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive, Westmeath County Council
  • Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive, Tipperary County Council
  • Moira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council
  • Mary Hurley, Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
  • Sarah Neary, Principal Advisor, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

LGMA executive team

The Board delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management of the LGMA to the Chief Executive Officer and the executive team. They are responsible for delivering on corporate objectives and implementing policy and strategy across the Agency. The executive team of the LGMA includes:

Paul Dunne

Paul Dunne, Chief Executive Officer

Claire Gilligan

Claire Gilligan, Assistant Chief Executive
Responsible for water services transition

Eamonn Hunt

Eamonn Hunt, Assistant Chief Executive
Responsible for local government organisational support

Paula Butler

Paula Butler, Assistant Chief Executive
Responsible for strategy, research, and communications

Noeleen McHugh

Noeleen McHugh, Assistant Chief Executive
Responsible for programme management and innovation

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Labhaoise McKenna, Board Secretary/ Manager Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

Declan Keating

Declan Keating, Finance Manager


Pillar structure

The LGMA is organised into pillars, each focused on a particular area of operation.

Pillar 1 

Local Government Strategy, Research and Communications supports local authorities in the delivery of citizen services. Read more

Pillar 1a 

The Water Services Transition Office facilitates the transition of local authority water services to Irish Water. Read more

Pillar 1b 

The Housing Delivery Coordination Office coordinates and advises on the delivery of local authority housing. Read more

Pillar 2 

Local Government Organisational Support provides support on the back-office services provided by local authorities. Read more

Pillar 3 

LGMA Operations provides LGMA internal operations such as corporate service, finance, human resources and facilities management.

Pillar 4 

Local Government Programme Management and Innovation supports the delivery of projects to the sector with a strong focus on innovation and reform. Read more