Who we are

The Regeneration Board


The Board of consists of an independent Chairperson, a Coordinator, and 15 members (local residents. Dublin City Council officials, two elected public representatives, and other local service providers).

Stephen Rourke Independent Chairperson
Rea Lavelle Regeneration Board Coordinator ( Interim )
Mary Taylor Dublin City Council Area Manager
Tony Smithers Dublin City Council Area Housing Manager
Bruce Phillips Dublin City Council Assistant Area Manager
Trevor Higgins Dublin City Council Recreation Centres Manager
Insp. Paul Maher An Garda Síochána
Kris Taylor St Teresa’s Gardens Resident
Martin Quirke St Teresa’s Gardens Resident
Chris McCarthy St Teresa’s Gardens Resident
Sara Lawlor St Teresa’s Gardens Resident
Ann Canning Eugene Street Resident
David McAuley Donore Credit Union Ltd CEO
Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh Dublin City South Central Area Councillor
Fearghal Connolly Donore Community Drug and Alcohol Team
Patricia Condron Donore Education Network
David Doyle Foroige GYDP
Fr. David Corrigan Donore Avenue Parish
Brena Dempsey HSE
Matt Bowden TU Dublin
Evan Moore South West Inner City Network
Breda O Hare Tenters Residents Association
Gillian Corcoran Dublin City Council Project Estate Officer


Independent Chairperson, Stephen Rourke

Stephen Rourke is an independent consultant and researcher who is involved in carrying out reviews and evaluations and in producing Strategic Plans and other planning documents. Stephen has worked for over 60 different agencies, organisations and groups in the public and community/voluntary sectors over the last 30 years. These include Government Departments, local authorities, Local Development Companies, national voluntary organisations and significant social housing providers. In relation to regeneration related work Stephen has carried out an independent review of the Regeneration Programme in Limerick City and was also Chairperson of the RAPID Area Implementation Team in  Ballymun during the time of the Regeneration Programme in Ballymun.
In addition to chairing the Regeneration Board in St Teresa’s Gardens since March 2017, Stephen has also been Chairperson of a number of other organisations. These include the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, HIV Ireland, Philanthropy Ireland and St Stephens Green Trust.


Regeneration Board Coordinator ( Interim ), Rea Lavelle

Rea Lavelle has worked in the areas of homeless services, employment / education supports and voluntary housing management for 15 years, and has a Master’s Degree in Rights and Social Policy with a particular focus on social housing provision. Since February 2018, Rea has worked as a part-time coordinator for South West Inner City, Canals and Dublin 12 Local Policing Forums, developing public engagement and accountability of agencies in these areas. Rea is familiar with St. Teresa’s Gardens having covered the post of regeneration coordinator already from November 2017 to September 2018.


Tony Smithers

Tony Smithers has worked for Dublin City Council Housing Section for 10 years. He has worked on two regeneration projects previously. St. Michael’s Estate and Dolphin House. Also he has worked in the Inchicore, Kilmainham and Bluebell area as the Project Estate Officer and Anti Social behaviour unit. He is currently the Housing Manager for the Liberties Area and Herberton. He also now has taken charge as the Housing Project Manager for the Regeneration of Saint Teresa’s Garden’s.


Fearghal Connolly

Fearghal Connolly has a long and varied history in Youth and Community work having spent a number of years in Dublin’s South Inner City active on Tenant’s Groups, unemployment action groups, local responses to the drugs issue as well as local youth groups.
After qualifying at Community & Youth Work in St. Patricks College, Maynooth in 1993 Fearghal was employed as the first co-ordinator of Community Response where he spent five years establishing that organisation as an active partnership between Community, Voluntary and Statutory agencies working together in the interest of the community of Dublin’s South Inner City. He was responsible for the delivery of effective responses on addiction for individuals, families and communities.
Fearghal managed the An Síol Community Development Programme in Manor St in the North West Inner City co -coordinating work plans on areas including education, health, tenant participation, and new communities.
Fearghal is currently the co-ordinator of Donore Community Drug & Alcohol Team where he has worked for the last 13 years but has been an advocate for the establishment of C.D.T’s across the South Inner City since the mid nineties. He works from a harm reduction approach and is an advocate of community development process in addressing problem drug & alcohol use.
Fearghal has contributed to various publications, conferences and research projects not just on the issues of drugs but also on the wider issues of health and community development. Fearghal has served as a member on the South Inner City Treatment Services Group, the South Inner City Local Drugs Task Force, the St Teresa’s Gardens Forum and The St Teresa’s Gardens Residents Group.


Ann Canning

Ann Canning lives on Fingal Street, where she balances working part-time and raising her 5yr old daughter. Having grown up, studied & worked in the city centre, Ann is ardent about developing quality living for all within the canals. As an architect, Ann brings her knowledge of planning & design to the board, where she represents Cork Street Buildings Residents Association.


Pamela Carroll

Pamela Carroll has recently started work with St Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Board as Community Development Health Worker. She will be establishing, running and supporting a range of activities and groups locally including a men’s group, a women’s group, a gardening group, and a health and fitness group. Pamela has a degree in Youth and Community Work in Maynooth University and comes to us with over 18 years of experience working with children and parents in the area.


The workers are based in the Donore Youth and  Community Centre, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8.