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Who We Are

Development Perspectives is an independent Development Education non-governmental organisation (NGO) and registered charity (CHY18555). Development Perspectives is based in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland but works with partners all over both Ireland and the world.


Our vision of the world is one where people live in peace with each other, in harmony with nature, free from the shackles of hunger and poverty and who are willing to work and co-operate with each other to bring about an equitable, just and sustainable world.


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Bobby McCormack -

Bobby Mc Cormack is the co-founder and Director of Development Perspectives and also works as a Senior Lecturer in Dundalk Institute of Technology. In 2017, Bobby was the recipient of the Dóchas, “Global Citizen of the Year”. Bobby has produced 5 documentaries, is an avid Man United fan and loves Dogs. The newest addition to his family is Macha, a 'Good' Dane who might be 'Great' one day.

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Deirdre Gavin -

Deirdre Gavin has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2015. Deirdre's role includes project budgeting, administration and facilitation. Deirdre has facilitated on DP's youth enterprise programme "IGNYTE", in association with The Mill, Drogheda and been involved in various capacities with GLEN (global learning and education network) internationally. Deirdre holds a BA in Business and Management and an MSc in Environmental Management. Outside of work, Deirdre dedicates a lot of her time to being a core member of the 'Conscious Cup Campaign' committee. Deirdre has a love of coffee and travel, preferably together!

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Deborah Conlon -

Deborah Conlon has been involved in Development Perspectives since 2010. Her current role includes managing all aspect of Development Perspectives Public Engagement. Deborah has BA in Design from DIT and a post-graduate certificate from DKIT in Digital Marketing and Digital Media Management. Outside of her work in Development Perspective she sits on the Standards and Awards Committee of the Global Citizen Award and is the chairperson of the Louth Environmental Network.

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Margaret Downey is one of the co-founders of Development Perspectives, Margaret has been involved in the organisation since 2006. Her academic background is in Development Studies and Health. Margaret is one of the project coordinators of the SDG Advocate programme. Margaret is also a yoga teacher and massage therapist with a keen interest in hiking, playing chess and sitting in saunas.

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Stephanie Kirwan -

Stephanie Kirwan has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2011 and coordinates the #SDGchallenge. Stephanie is undertaking her MA in International Development in Kimmage DSC and is passionate about the role development education plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Stephanie is a registered Health Promotion Officer through the APHI.
In her spare time she enjoys travelling, juicing and regularly updating her Instagram.

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Paul Crewe -

Paul Crewe has been involved as a programme coordinator with Development Perspectives since 2013. Paul holds BA (Honours) in Community Sports Leadership. Paul’s role within Development Perspectives includes facilitation, project coordination and advocating on a national and global level. Paul is a member of the Steering Committee of GLEN (Global Education Network of Young Europeans). He has a passion for sport (…like…every sport), travel and retro gaming.

Board of Management

Sheila Coyle (Chair, Finance, Governance Commitee)

Sheila Coyle lectures in the Humanities Department at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown. Sheila is currently teaching in the areas of psychology and global development. Sheila has a BSC in Psychology, MSc in Criminology and an MA is Social Research. She has participated in the Insight Programme on a number of occasions learning and developing from these experiences.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick is an Adult and Community Education tutor in the Drogheda Institute of Further Education. He holds MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ulster University and an Honours Degree in Community Sports Leadership from Dundalk Institute of Technology. Brian is a former Student Union President in Dundalk Institute of Technology. Brian has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2013 when he took part in the 'Insight' programme, since then he has also been a leader on the 2014 programme before going on to become a board member.

David Nyaluke (Governance Committee)

David Nyaluke is the UCD and PMIA - Proudly Made in Africa Fellow in Business and Development, based at University College Dublin College of Business. Prior to joining Proudly Made in Africa and UCD, David was a teaching fellow of International Development at Kimmage Development Studies Centre and Maynooth University, focusing on the role of business, NGOs and state in development and on Africa and the international system. David holds a PhD from Dublin City University which investigated trajectories of political and development transformation of African states from independence into the 21st Century. In addition to research and teaching, he nurtures interest in extra-curricular activities promoting student engagement in active local and global citizenship- to this end since 2014 David co- coordinates the Mandela Global Development Inter-university Debate competition in Ireland.

Rebecca O'Halloran

Rebecca joined Plan International Ireland in April, 2015 and has worked in Development Education for over 8 years, starting as an intern in the Africa Centre. She holds a BA in Politics, Sociology & Legal Science, and an LLB, both form N.U.I. Galway. She also completed an MA in Development from DCU in 2008.

Bryan Harvey

My background is Finance. Degree in Business Studies from Waterford IT.
Lived and worked in Boston for 7 years after college Worked for State Street Corporation in Boston in Mutual funds Moved back to Ireland in 2003 and worked for Int'l Fund Services until 2016. Have been working for Arena Financial Services since as a financial consultant. Currently studying for my post grad in Financial planning by night.

Michael Doorley

Michael Doorly is a secondary school teacher by training who has taught in Papua New Guinea, Trinidad and with the Ojibway people in Canada’s North. During the Rwandan genocide, he worked in refugee camps in neighbouring Tanzania. He has been working in Development Education in Ireland for over 20 years. He is the head of Active Citizenship in Concern and is the former chair of Fairtrade Ireland and the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA).

Laura Harmon

Laura Harmon is Leadership Co-ordinator with the National Women’s Council of Ireland and works to reform structures and culture that will enable women’s progress in politics, boardrooms and senior positions in the public and private sector. Laura also works with young women to increase their leadership aspirations and capacity. She was president of the Union of Students in Ireland in 2014/2015, during the marriage equality referendum campaign and she has a background in public relations and political campaigning. She is a graduate of University College Cork.

Elaine Cronin

Elaine Cronin has over fourteen years' experience in the not-for-profit arts and culture sector, and currently holds the positions of General Manager of An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk and Co-Chair of Drogheda Arts Festival. A graduate of the National College of Art and Design (BA, HDip CAEd), University College Dublin (MA) and the Institute of Public Administration (BBS), Elaine is also a part-qualified accountant, currently completing professional accountancy exams through the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Denis Cummins

Denis Cummins is an Irish higher education expert who has held positions of lecturer in Computer Science and senior academic management roles including President/CEO at Dundalk Institute of Technology. In January 2016 he was appointed Academic Dean at Hibernia College, Dublin.

Denis was appointed President of DKIT in 2006. He led major developments such as the redevelopment of the Carroll Building, the acquisition of DKIT Sport and the establishment of the DCU DKIT Graduate School.

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