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, for 2016, 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


Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Chair), Poet and Translator (joined 12/09/2012)

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is a renowned poet based in Dublin. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a member of Aosdána.  She is also a founder of the literary magazine Cyphers. Her awards include the International Griffin Poetry Prize and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.


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

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


Marie Heaney, Writer and Editor (joined 14/09/2012)

Marie Heaney is a writer and editor. She has contributed to newspapers and journals and has written for radio and television. She has written two books retelling Irish Legends;  Over Nine Waves: A Book of Irish Legends and a children's version:  The Names Upon the Harp, illustrated by PJ lynch.  Both books have been published in a number of languages.


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.


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

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