UISCE (Advocacy For People Who Use Drugs) Board Members

Padraig Ryan

Padraig Ryan, Chairperson of the Board

Chairperson of the Board

Padraig Ryan – Chairperson of the Board (chair@myuisce.org)

Padraig Ryan is a practising barrister. Padraig graduated in law and economics from Maynooth University.  He attended Kings Inns and was called to the Bar in 2015.  Padraig works predominantly in civil law with particular interest in company law, employment law and governance. Earlier in his career Padraig worked in Italy as a teacher of business English.

Erin Nugent

Erin Nugent, Secretary


Erin Nugent – Secretary

Erin works as Community Support Manager of HIV Ireland, managing all support, advocacy, and HIV and STI testing services. Erin has a PhD in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin; her thesis examined the trajectory and impact of the anti-drug movement in Dublin’s north inner-city from the 1980’s until the end of the movement in 2002. In 1994, Erin helped to form the Inner-City Peer Support group, the precursor to UISCE which founded the Brass Munkie magazine.

Aisling Shiels


Bio Pending

Geraldine Maddock

Geraldine Maddock Member of the Board


Bio Pending

John Dermody

John Dermody Member of the Board


John Dermody – Member

John Dermody has worked supporting people who use drugs in homeless and community services for the past 13 years in a variety of roles. He is currently in a management role in residential homeless services and is also involved in the development and delivery of training in trauma informed practice for the sector.

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