2018 Group

The All Ireland Scholarships operate under the direction of three Trustees

We operate under the direction of three Trustees who are supported in the administration of the programme by the Department of Education & Skills in Ireland, and by the Department for the Economy with support from the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. The Trustees wish to record their appreciation and convey their thanks to the three Departments for the assistance which they provide on the administration of the Scholarship Scheme.

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Gerry Boland

A native of Limerick, Gerry Boland is a former Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers having served with the firm and its predecessors for 38 years. He is a Non-Executive Director of a number of organisations including the UL Campus companies, the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP), the James McMahon Group and e|net.

Gerry is also a Trustee of the JP McManus Scholarships and a member of the Boards of the University of Limerick campus companies.

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Professor Roger G.H. Downer

Roger Downer was born in Belfast and holds the degrees of B.Sc., M.Sc. and D.Sc. (Queen University Belfast) and Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario). He has been awarded the honorary degrees of LL.D and D.Sc. as well as a number of national and international honours for his contributions to scientific research and higher education. He also holds a number of senior leadership positions

He also undertakes occasional writing and consulting assignments in education, science and research policy and economic development.

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Patrick Dowling

Patrick joined the Irish Civil Service in 1965, where he held a number of senior management positions at the department of Education and Skills. He served as a special adviser to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs; Minister for Finance; Minister for Agriculture & Food and Minister for Labour. Patrick also served as a member of Mr Michael O’Kennedy’s Cabinet in the EU Commission.

Whilst in the Department of Education and Skills Patrick headed the student support section. He had previously headed the International and Structural Funds Unit with Responsibilities, inter alia, for the negotiation of substantial EU funds, for the Education Sector in the context of successive National Development Programmes. Patrick retired in 2007.

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