Governance and Board of Directors

Statement on Governance

Literature Ireland (registered name Ireland Literature Exchange CLG) keeps detailed records and books of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. A copy of the latest audited accounts is available below. These accounts, as well as those for every financial year, are audited independently. Its Memorandum and Articles of Association are available here.


Literature Ireland Board of Directors


Noel Fahey (Chair), Diplomat (joined 14/12/2012)

Noel Fahey served as the Ambassador of Ireland to USA, Germany and the Holy See.


Joseph Hoban, Branding and Communications Specialist (joined 09/09/2014)

Joseph Hoban is the Head of Communications & Brand Development at RTÉ where he oversees the reinvention of the overall RTÉ brand. Before joining RTÉ he worked for various Irish publishers and was named Best Publicist in 2005.


Declan Meade, Publisher and Editor (joined 14/12/2015)

Declan Meade is the founding editor and publisher of The Stinging Fly magazine and The Stinging Fly Press. He teaches a module on the business of publishing at the American College Dublin as part of their MFA in Creative Writing.


Ciara Higgins, Artistic Programming Expert (joined 26/04/2016)

Ciara Higgins is Head of Artistic Programming at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She holds an honours music education degree from Trinity College Dublin and was director of the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival in 2016. 


Gerald Dawe, Poet, Editor and Academic (joined 04/08/2016)

Gerald Dawe is Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of nine collections of poetry and has also edited several anthologies of Irish poetry and criticism. He is the co-founder of the MPhil in Creative Writing programme in Trinity College Dublin.


Martin Doyle, Journalist (joined 27/10/2017)

Martin Doyle is Assistant Literary Editor with The Irish Times. He has previously worked for the Irish Daily Mail, The Times and the Irish Post. He holds an MA in French and German from the University of St Andrews.


John Roche, Businessperson (joined 27/10/2018)

John Roche works with Glanbia (Virginia) in the area of international business development. 


Martín Veiga, Academic and Literary Translator (joined 29/06/2018)

Martín Veiga is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies in University College Cork, where he is also director of the Irish Centre for Galician Studies. He is also a poet and a literary translator. 


Alison Lyons, UNESCO City of Literature Director (joined 29/06/2018)

Alison Lyons is the director of the Office of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. She was formerly senior librarian at Dublin City Public Libraries. 


Frank Callanan, Senior Counsel (joined 29/06/2018)

Frank Callanan is a barrister and writer. 


Please note that all the current directors are deemed members of the company for the duration of their terms as directors of the board.

Audited Accounts

In compliance with requirements regarding governance transparency for organisations in receipt of Arts Council funding, the 2015 audited accounts are available to view here. (Please note that due to technical issues with our website it has not been possible to upload newer accounts - these can be obtained via email request). 



Literature Ireland’s most important and beneficial partnership is that with the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation. This partnership provides Literature Ireland with free office space in central Dublin in addition to archive facilities for its almost 2,000 works of Irish literature in translation. The organisation also has access to a board room and events space. Literature Ireland co-funds with the Centre the annual, four month-long literary translator in residence, who works on the translation of a work of Irish literature, as well as teaching on the Master’s in Literary Translation programme. This translator is accommodated by Trinity and Literature Ireland offers a stipend and flights. Access to TCD on-campus accommodation is also made available to Literature Ireland for recipients of its other, shorter bursaries. Literature Ireland co-hosts and co-organises literary translation events with this partner for both specialised and general audiences.

Other important partners include the French, German and Spanish embassies and the Alliance Française, Goethe-Institut and the Instituto Cervantes, as well as the International Literature Festival Dublin, with whom a partnership has been developed to prepare an annual showcase of literary translation as part of the festival, and the Chinese New Year Festival Dublin. Literature Ireland plays an active role in the ISLA (Irish, Spanish and Latin American Festival) and the Franco–Irish literary festivals.

The organisation has developed international residency opportunities for Irish writers at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and the Centre Culturel Irlandais (Paris). It also cooperates with the Tyrone Guthrie Centre to offer shorter-term residencies for literary translators (as part of the translator bursary programme). Conversations are underway to develop a similar opportunity for Irish writers in Beijing.

Literature Ireland continues to be a member of the seven-member literary resource organisation Words Ireland, an informal grouping of literature organisations that aims to provide resources and services to writers.

Literature Ireland is a founding member of the European Network of Literature Translation Organisations (ENLIT), which meets twice a year to share good practice and develop policy in relation to national translation promotion agencies. This partnership is growing in importance as it matures and is conducting pan-European research into literature promotion activities.

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