Our National Advisory Council

Our National Advisory Council (NAC) represents the opinions of adults with Down syndrome within our organisation. The Council comprises of adults with Down syndrome from across Ireland.

Learn more about the NAC here.

Here’s a documentary the then council took part in in 2014 to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (March 21).

The New National Advisory Council of Down Syndrome Ireland commenced their term of office in January, 2015.

Meet Our National Advisory Council

If you would like to get involved, please contact info@downsyndrome.ie or call us on 01 4266500.

You can read all about our NAC members here!

Eileen Dunne - NAC Chairperson

My name is Eileen Dunne and I am 38 years of age.
I am from Cavan.
I am a happy, single person. I got to be the chairperson of the NAC. My family will be happy for me. I represent Ulster for bowling for Special Olympics. I work at a hair salon and I work at Tesco. I worked with ALFAPARF Milano for Down Syndrome Ireland.
I am now the new Chairperson in NAC. I am still doing representation for Down Syndrome International and DSI. I go to a lot of meetings.
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Eileen Dunne

NAC Chairperson

My name is Eileen Dunne and I am 38 years of age.
I am from Cavan.
I am a happy, single person. I got to be the chairperson of the NAC. My family will be happy for me. I represent Ulster for bowling for Special Olympics. I work at a hair salon and I work at Tesco. I worked with ALFAPARF Milano for Down Syndrome Ireland.
I am now the new Chairperson in NAC. I am still doing representation for Down Syndrome International and DSI. I go to a lot of meetings.

Ali Vaizie - NAC Team

My name is Ali Vaizie. I am from Lucan village, Dublin. I work 2 days in a café. I work in Joels 3 days. I love all my jobs. I’m loving it. I don’t like telling people what to do. I don’t like to be bullied. I love my work here (with the NAC). I love working with the whole group. I would like to work (as) an office worker. Read More

Ali Vaizie

NAC Team

My name is Ali Vaizie. I am from Lucan village, Dublin. I work 2 days in a café. I work in Joels 3 days. I love all my jobs. I’m loving it. I don’t like telling people what to do. I don’t like to be bullied. I love my work here (with the NAC). I love working with the whole group. I would like to work (as) an office worker.

Amy Purcell - NAC Team

My name is Amy Purcell. I am from Newbridge. I like working in Pelo Hairdressing. I like working with Sharon. She gives me jobs. I like the whole committee. Working with Lisa is good. We talk about different things. We vote. I was the first treasurer. Conor Byrne is the treasurer now. Read More

Amy Purcell

NAC Team

My name is Amy Purcell. I am from Newbridge. I like working in Pelo Hairdressing. I like working with Sharon. She gives me jobs. I like the whole committee. Working with Lisa is good. We talk about different things. We vote. I was the first treasurer. Conor Byrne is the treasurer now.

Aoife O’ Sullivan - NAC Team

My name is Aoife O’ Sullivan. I am from Artane, Dublin. I like to work. I like bowling. I like going out with my friends. The NAC is the National Advisory Council. I like the DSI office. I am the vice secretary. My mum brings me to the meetings. Read More

Aoife O’ Sullivan

NAC Team

My name is Aoife O’ Sullivan. I am from Artane, Dublin. I like to work. I like bowling. I like going out with my friends. The NAC is the National Advisory Council. I like the DSI office. I am the vice secretary. My mum brings me to the meetings.

Cathal Griffin - NAC Team

My name is Cathal Griffin. I am from Kerry. I am 24 years. I work 5 days a week in Fexco. I work 9 to 1 every day. I like the job. I meet all the people I know. What I do? I deliver bread and milk. I do the post. I do the recycling bins on Fridays. I work as Supplies Ambassador. I do the post and deliver newspapers. I deliver stock like bread and milk to the canteens.  I do the recycling on Fridays. I input data and I do scanning at work. I like the NAC because we get to know all the people. The stuff that we do, we are talking about how are we feeling now and what we do in Read More

Cathal Griffin

NAC Team

My name is Cathal Griffin. I am from Kerry. I am 24 years. I work 5 days a week in Fexco. I work 9 to 1 every day. I like the job. I meet all the people I know. What I do? I deliver bread and milk. I do the post. I do the recycling bins on Fridays. I work as Supplies Ambassador. I do the post and deliver newspapers. I deliver stock like bread and milk to the canteens.  I do the recycling on Fridays. I input data and I do scanning at work. I like the NAC because we get to know all the people. The stuff that we do, we are talking about how are we feeling now and what we do in our live and so on.

Cian O’ Connor - NAC Team

My name is Cian O’ Connor and I am 29 years of age. I am from Dublin. I like doing acting and singing and more time to do dancing. I also like yoga because it is very peaceful and I love doing that. Everyone in the NAC is very nice and I like them very much. Everyone is good friends to be with. Read More

Cian O’ Connor

NAC Team

My name is Cian O’ Connor and I am 29 years of age. I am from Dublin. I like doing acting and singing and more time to do dancing. I also like yoga because it is very peaceful and I love doing that. Everyone in the NAC is very nice and I like them very much. Everyone is good friends to be with.

Conor Byrne - NAC Team

My name is Conor Byrne. I am from Dublin. I am cool, awesome guy and I am having fun with family and my friends. I enjoyed being on the Down Syndrome Ireland website. I am 25 years old. I think the NAC meetings are going great. I love to be the treasurer so I can count the money. And I love to be in the new DSI website. Read More

Conor Byrne

NAC Team

My name is Conor Byrne. I am from Dublin. I am cool, awesome guy and I am having fun with family and my friends. I enjoyed being on the Down Syndrome Ireland website. I am 25 years old. I think the NAC meetings are going great. I love to be the treasurer so I can count the money. And I love to be in the new DSI website.

Darragh Murphy - NAC

My name is Darragh Murphy. I am from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. I am 34 years old. This year I am in the Pantomime again. I am delighted to be the PRO in the NAC. The reason why I don’t want to be the vice PRO is because I am the vice PRO in the Pantomime committee. The National Advisory Council is a meeting of a committee. We talk with people about the Council and about magazines. We listen with our ears, our eyes and our heart. Read More

Darragh Murphy

NAC

My name is Darragh Murphy. I am from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. I am 34 years old. This year I am in the Pantomime again. I am delighted to be the PRO in the NAC. The reason why I don’t want to be the vice PRO is because I am the vice PRO in the Pantomime committee. The National Advisory Council is a meeting of a committee. We talk with people about the Council and about magazines. We listen with our ears, our eyes and our heart.

Fionn Crombie Angus  - NAC Team

My name is Fionn Crombie Angus . I am from Galway. I am 21 years old. I live in my own apartment, and I'm one of the first in the country to have a Personal Support Budget from the HSE. I love basketball, zoology, playing my fiddle, and film making. I have an art studio, and show my work at exhibitions and online (represented by Heart and Sold). Along with my dad Jonathan, I run a social enterprise called Fionnathan Productions. We travel the globe (4 continents and counting) giving lectures & workshops about how people with disabilities can have great lives.  I really enjoy being a member of the NAC. Traveling solo from Galway to meetings in Dublin was a bit scary at first, but Read More

Fionn Crombie Angus 

NAC Team

My name is Fionn Crombie Angus . I am from Galway. I am 21 years old. I live in my own apartment, and I'm one of the first in the country to have a Personal Support Budget from the HSE. I love basketball, zoology, playing my fiddle, and film making. I have an art studio, and show my work at exhibitions and online (represented by Heart and Sold). Along with my dad Jonathan, I run a social enterprise called Fionnathan Productions. We travel the globe (4 continents and counting) giving lectures & workshops about how people with disabilities can have great lives.  I really enjoy being a member of the NAC. Traveling solo from Galway to meetings in Dublin was a bit scary at first, but now I'm an old pro. Mostly I love the craic. I think we NAC members are ambassadors for Down syndrome, showing young families, politicians and the general community that we are people just like them. 

Róisín de Búrca - NAC Team

My name is Róisín de Búrca.
I am from Galway.
I am very hard-working and dedicated to the NAC and I am very pleased with it. I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. I love my family and sometimes I help out. I like archaeology, Irish History, Mythology and also music and Spanish. I do a art course in Galway called Arts Alive, which I love. I like reading Shakespeare and listening to music. I am 26 years old but turning 27 on December 19th.
The NAC is a group of 13 adults with Down syndrome from different parts of Ireland. It meets once a month in Dublin and it meets on a Saturday. My role in the NAC is being the
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Róisín de Búrca

NAC Team

My name is Róisín de Búrca.
I am from Galway.
I am very hard-working and dedicated to the NAC and I am very pleased with it. I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. I love my family and sometimes I help out. I like archaeology, Irish History, Mythology and also music and Spanish. I do a art course in Galway called Arts Alive, which I love. I like reading Shakespeare and listening to music. I am 26 years old but turning 27 on December 19th.
The NAC is a group of 13 adults with Down syndrome from different parts of Ireland. It meets once a month in Dublin and it meets on a Saturday. My role in the NAC is being the new secretary. The NAC is the voice of adults with Down syndrome in Down Syndrome Ireland.

Sarah Purcell - NAC Team

My name is Sarah Pucell. I am from Naas, Co. Kildare. Every Wednesday I am working in Butt Mullins restaurant in Naas. I am doing Latch-On on Tuesday. On Friday I am doing the MOTE programme. On Saturday I am doing contemporary dance. I really enjoy the NAC. I like working with the crew here at the NAC. Read More

Sarah Purcell

NAC Team

My name is Sarah Pucell. I am from Naas, Co. Kildare. Every Wednesday I am working in Butt Mullins restaurant in Naas. I am doing Latch-On on Tuesday. On Friday I am doing the MOTE programme. On Saturday I am doing contemporary dance. I really enjoy the NAC. I like working with the crew here at the NAC.