Who We Are

IRDG – Industry Research & Development Group – is Ireland’s only non-profit, business-led innovation network of companies working together to achieve excellence in research, development and innovation. We are 100% focused on research and development in industry, and supporting our 300+ member companies to accelerate their return on investment. Our mission is to foster a cross-sectoral culture of innovation and drive sustainable value for members leading to growth, jobs and prosperity.

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.

How to Become a Member

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.

Denis Hayes
Denis HayesManaging Director
With the IRDG since July 2011, Denis assumed the role of Managing Director of the IRDG on 1st December 2011.

Denis has over 30 years experience in the fields of research, development and innovation. During this time he has worked for leading brand companies and been involved in a variety of new market activity, product launches and product renovation. He has played a leading role in innovations associated with brands such as Cadbury, Yoplait, Avonmore, Kilmeaden, Heinz, Bulmers, Magners and Ballygowan.

Phone: 086-2544473

Bernadette McGahon
Bernadette McGahonResearch & Innovation Services Manager
Bernie joined IRDG in January 2017 as Research and Innovation Services Manager in a new role 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 ByrneMembership Development & Communications Manager
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 GaffneyR&I Services Manager
Darragh joined the IRDG team in 2020 as a Research and Innovation Services Manager. 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

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
Aldagh McDonagh
Aldagh McDonaghDirector, Morgan McKinley
Richard Stack
Richard StackDirector, Tricel
Seamus Ledwith
Seamus LedwithSenior Principal R&D Engineer, Medtronic Vascular
Siobhan Camplisson
Siobhan CamplissonTechnical Director, Allergan
John McKeon
John McKeonCo-Founder & CEO, Allergy Standards
Thea Murphy
Thea MurphyManaging Director, Silver Pail
Frank Kennedy
Frank KennedyCadbury Ireland
Niall Donnellan
Niall DonnellanServices Projects Manager, Dell Technologies
Siobhán Hennessy
Siobhán HennessyHead of Customer Experience, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland

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.

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER