Who We Are

IRDG – Industry Research & Development Group – Represents companies working to achieve excellence in research and innovation.

Our members are knowledge creators, change makers and revenue generators, ranging from small indigenous enterprises like Realta Space Technologies to Irelands largest Multinationals like Medtronic and Microsoft.

We are 100% focused supporting our 300+ member companies to accelerate their return on innovation. Our mission is to foster a culture of innovation and drive sustainable value for members leading to growth, jobs and prosperity. We do this through Representation, Training, Networking and Direct Support.

Founded in 1992, we are the only independent, business-led innovation network in Ireland totally dedicated to industry research, development and innovation. We are uniquely placed to help businesses develop the right capabilities and access the right supports for innovation success.

IRDG is the bridge connecting the entire innovation eco system within Ireland. We provide member companies with representation, funding support as well as opportunities for networking, collaboration and learning.

We believe in the power of this unique industry network to deliver the intelligence, inspiration and innovation necessary to create an exclusive and vibrant economy for the 21st century.

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Our Executive Team

The IRDG team is highly experienced in all aspects of industry research, development and innovation, and spends many hours guiding and advising members on their individual needs.

Dermot Casey
Dermot CaseyChief Executive Officer
Dermot became CEO in January 2022. He joined IRDG from Resolve Partners a leading Innovation Consultancy where he built accelerators, supported fundraising, and worked with founders, researchers, Universities, and Corporates.

Over his career he’s ranged from investing and supporting deep technology companies in NDRC, as COO growing Storyful from 2 to 35 staff and over a decade in technical and management roles in GE. Dermot has been an adjunct lecturer at the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and is a Director of the Festival of Curiosity.

Bernadette McGahon
Bernadette McGahonDirector of Innovation Services
Bernie joined IRDG in January 2017 to provide the IRDG membership with an expert resource and service in relation to innovation matters and incentives support.

Bernie has over 17 years’ experience in the area of research, development and innovation spanning across the academic, industry and public sectors. She has been involved in international research and innovation roles with InterTradeIreland, supporting companies to leverage national and EU funding.

Phone: 083-8213177

Mary Byrne
Mary ByrneDirector of Member Success
Mary joined IRDG in November 2011, and has responsibility for Membership Development and Communications within the Group.

Throughout Mary’s career she has championed the role of people, learning and communications within business, engaging people in development programmes, introducing innovative communications media, and organising and hosting events and conferences to support people share experiences and learning.

Phone: 087-6501215

Lorraine O’Farrell
Lorraine O’FarrellExecutive Assistant
Lorraine joined IRDG in 2005 as Executive Assistant. In this role, Lorraine supports IRDG through coordinating events and conferences, performs market research to support IRDG growth, supporting members with queries and correspondence, managing of IRDG social media activity, and general administrative duties to assist the Executive Team.

Prior to joining IRDG, Lorraine held similar roles with Statoil HQ, AIB, Bank of Ireland and AIG.

Phone: 01-2374671

Darragh Gaffney
Darragh GaffneyDirector of Growth and Sustainability
Darragh joined the IRDG team in 2020. He spends a considerable amount of his time with members on a one-to-one basis, working through needs and interests across diverse sectors, and supporting individual members achieve their RD&I goals.

Darragh has many years’ experience in R&D activities, previously acting as R&D Manager for Monaghan Biosciences (MBio) and consultancy roles.

Phone: 087-3473222

Josh Blake
Josh BlakeNetwork Manager - IRDG Innovation Skillnet
Josh joined IRDG in July 2023 to run the IRDG Innovation Skillnet a partnership with Skillnet Ireland. Josh was previously Vice President and Director at the Olive Group a Global Ed Tech Company for three years. Prior to Olive he was responsible for Education and Training at the IITD Trainers Learning Skillnet for Seven Years. Josh has a background in hospitality over a number of years and managed hotels, pubs and restaurants before moving into Training and Learning.

Our Board of Directors

The IRDG board of directors is governed by a voluntary group of senior executives from member organisations.

Donal Tierney
Donal TierneyCEO, Bimeda Holdings
Muiris Flynn
Muiris FlynnTechnical Director, Glen Dimplex
Joan Mulvihill
Joan MulvihillDigitalisation & Sustainability Lead at Siemens
Richard Stack
Richard StackDirector, Tricel
Siobhán Hennessy
Siobhán HennessyHead of Customer Experience, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
Seamus Ledwith
Seamus LedwithSenior Principal R&D Engineer, Medtronic Vascular
John McKeon
John McKeonCo-Founder & CEO, Allergy Standards
Nessa McEniff
Nessa McEniffCenter Director at Learnovate Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Niall Donnellan
Niall DonnellanServices Projects Manager, Dell Technologies
Dervilla Mullan
Dervilla MullanChief Product Officer NewsWhip

Membership Enquiry

Companies can join at any stage of the year. The first step in the process is a conversation with one of our team to discuss your business.