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About us

CyberSafeIreland is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2015, that works to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner. Our founders have backgrounds in cybercrime investigation, law enforcement, forensic psychology, online child protection, academia and the not-for-profit sector. As parents of young children, we can see on a daily basis how technology is going to play an increasingly important part of their futures. It will be used more widely in schools and even a fairly basic mobile phone these days will allow a child the ability to take risks almost unthinkable 20 years ago. We want our children to be able to embrace the opportunities for learning and enjoyment that technology can deliver, but we recognise that as parents and educators we have a responsibility to equip them with the tools to stay safe and avoid harm.

We believe that everybody can play a role in keeping children safe online, including children themselves. Education is a key part of the solution and both schools and parents have a vital role to play in supporting children to be safe online.


Our team

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Alex Cooney, Chief Executive Officer

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 ...

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Cliona Curley, Prog. 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 (NH ...

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Aoife Keogh, Admin Officer

Aoife has amassed considerable experience in both the public and private sectors over a fifteen year professional career. She managed projects around the i ...

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Louise O'Hagan, Education Officer

Louise undertook a BA Hons in Psychology, during this time she developed a great interest in online behaviour. This then led her to completing a masters in ...

Volunteers and Cyber Ninjas

We are very grateful to the good people such as Ben below 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 growing 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, please get in touch.

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Ben Ó Mathúin (Digital Media)

Ben is a seasoned leader working as an industry expert in the digital marketing space. His career has seen him oversee the digital marketing activities for ...

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Michelle Garrigan (Lead Cyber Ninja)

Michelle Garrigan leads the Information and Cyber Security Programme for Ulster Bank. Her career has spanned a wide range of roles across, Retail and Corpo ...

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Caroline O'Neill (Cyber Ninja)

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 IADI ...

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Karen McDonnell (Cyber Ninja)

Karen is a specialist in mobile and online products with over 16 years experience in that area. She is currently working with Dell as Global E-Business Con ...

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Adam Tallon (Cyber Ninja)

Adam has been immersed in technology from a very young age, with his first computer at the age of 9 opening a world of possibilities. Fortunately when Adam ...