Alex Cooney, CEO

Alex is an experienced programme manager from the not-for-profit sector. She has managed large teams of staff both in Ireland and internationally. She has spent most of her career working in the international development sector with agencies such as UNDP (from 2004 to 2006) and CAFOD (from 2006 – 2009), where she was responsible for the South East Asia programme. This work involved writing strategic plans, developing funding applications and engaging advocacy programmes to effect policy change.

Alex has been based in Romania as Project Manager for Health Action Overseas, in East Timor as Project Manager for the Civil Society Organisations Support Project and in Jamaica as the Project Manager of the Migration Project, which was largely focused on the criminal justice system in Jamaica. Since her return to Ireland in 2012, she has worked for Move4Parkinsion’s Foundation Limited as a Programme Manager and she has been instrumental in the foundation of CyberSafeIreland CLG

Cliona Curley, Programme Director

Cliona specialises in cybercrime analysis and investigation. From 2005 to 2013, she worked as a senior officer for the UK National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). During this time, she represented the UK on many occasions on G8 and Interpol working groups as well as working on investigations into organised crime in conjunction with major European and US law enforcement agencies.

After returning to Ireland, Cliona joined the Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime investigation in UCD, building forensic tools for law enforcement, as well as developing and delivering training in cybercrime investigation and related areas for An Garda Siochana and law enforcement agencies across Europe. Since 2014, she has delivered online safety sessions in Irish primary schools. She is passionate about protecting children online and believes that education is crucial. This was a strong motivating factor for the establishment of CyberSafeIreland CLG in 2015.

We are also supported by a passionate, hard working and extremely committed panel of trainers who help us to reach more schools with our innovative educational programme.

Our Volunteers and Cyber Ninja Team

We are very grateful to the good people who volunteer for us on an ad hoc basis, who have enabled us to achieve great things with very limited resources. We also have a small team of volunteer technical researchers, our Cyber Ninjas, who help us to keep on top of the constantly changing landscape of what kids are doing online. These people are always working away in the background, ensuring that CyberSafeIreland staff and trainers stay up to speed on the latest apps, games and YouTubers! If you would like to join our current Cyber Ninjas, Caroline and Michelle, please get in touch on

Michelle Garrigan

Michelle Garrigan leads the Information and Cyber Security Programme for Ulster Bank. Her career has spanned a wide range of roles across, Retail and Corporate Banking and Supplier Management. She is evangelical about Information Security and believes that education and awareness are integral to combatting cybercrime. As a mother of one, she wants to create a safer online space for children.

“I am fortunate to work in an area that I feel passionately about and my work with CyberSafeIreland allows me to share my knowledge and experience to help create a safer internet for our children.”

Caroline O’Neill

Caroline has over 10 years experience working within the technology sector in Ireland. She has always had an interest in cyber security and has had an IADIS paper published on primary school children’s internet usage and associated safety implications.

“As technology possibilities are rapidly expanding, I want to help build awareness of online security among young children and help share this knowledge with parents.”