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CPSMA Head Office staff

Seamus Mulconry – General Secretary

Seamus Mulconry is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra and Trinity College and is an experienced executive having worked in management roles in a variety of industry in both the private and not for profit sector, as well as serving on the boards of a number of not for profit organisations. He served on the Steering Committee for the Government project – Community Application of Information Technology which funded IT projects amongst late adopters of technology and was an expert Advisor to the Information Society Commission. He formally represented the CPSMA on the Teaching Council.

Sinéad Brett – Assistant General Secretary


Noreen Lawlor – Training Manager

Lorna Dunne – Office Manager

Susan Carpenter  

Susan Carpenter is a teaching principal of a three-teacher school in Co. Carlow. She is currently on secondment, working as an Education Advisor with CPSMA. Susan has recently completed a Masters in Education study, focusing on the impact of current levels of teacher supply on teaching principals.


Deirdre Keane   

Deirdre practised as a solicitor for many years before training and working as a primary school teacher. She has experience in the areas of employment, contract and commercial law and in all aspects of litigation. Deirdre has been with us in CPSMA for a number of years now as an Education Executive.


Fergal Kelly        

Fergal Kelly is currently on secondment to CPSMA from the position of administrative principal in a primary school in Co Meath. He currently works as CPSMA executive and is part of NCSE/DES advisory groups and DEIS advisory committees. Fergal has recently been appointed by the Minister of Education to the NCCA Council. He is an independent assessor for the Diocese of Meath for the appointment of teachers and principals.

Miriam Mc Cabe

Miriam is a teaching principal in a primary school in North County Meath. She graduated with a Masters in Education from Maynooth University in 2016 and has recently completed an advanced Diploma in Law and Education from Kings Inns. Miriam is currently on secondment to CPSMA where she works as an Educational Advisor and she also works as a tutor to students in Hibernia College. Miriam represents CPSMA on the NCCA Board for Early Childhood and Primary.

Ciara Murphy  

Ciara is the Senior Office Administrator at CPSMA. She has worked in the administrative field for over 15 years, bringing with her many years of experience developed across a variety of sectors. Along with co-ordinating and managing the day to day running of the office, Ciara is responsible for system administration, including membership queries and communications and is involved in the co-ordination of the annual CPSMA AGM.


Paul O’Donnell

Paul O’Donnell is an administrative principal in a primary school in Co. Meath. He is currently on secondment to CPSMA as an Education Advisor. Paul facilitates SESE courses for primary school teachers and has designed and delivered leadership pathway seminars for the IPPN National Conference. He has recently published a book of lesson plans with Meath County Council, titled “Wild Teaching Cross-curricular Lessons Outdoors for Agoraphobic Teachers”.


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