Our Team


Dr. Jerry Cowley

Company Secretary:

Michael J. Ginnelly


Teresa Hanley, Padraic Grennan, Orlagh McHugh, Loretta Kenny, Mary Wood, Teresa Cowley, Teresa Gallagher


Mary Ann Fadian 

Based at the Safe Home office headquarters in Mulranny, Co. Mayo, Mary Ann tends to be the first point of contact for most enquiries. She also deals with day to day administration and finances.

Together with the Safe Home team, Mary Ann acts in a coordinating role between Safe Home clients, housing bodies and Welfare & Advice Agencies in Ireland and abroad.

Contact Mary Ann at: Tel: 098 36036  +353 98 36036


Chief Executive Officer

Karen McHugh

Karen joined Safe Home Ireland in May 2015, having worked as the CEO of Doras Luimní, a human rights NGO based in Limerick, since 2009.

Karen is a returned emigrant herself and was the Director of London based Brent Irish Advisory Service for over 10 years. Karen is passionate about human rights, equality, social justice and is delighted to be leading Safe Home Ireland in its next stage of development.

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Outreach and Advocacy Officer

Noreen Mulrine 

Noreen joined Safe Home in 2005 as Outreach & Advocacy Officer. Her role includes carrying out assessment home visits to our UK based clients, maintaining strong links with Irish welfare agencies abroad, liaising with housing agencies in Ireland as well as supporting both our returned clients and people who return independent of Safe home may need assistance in the initial settling in period: This can include advocating on their behalf  with various agencies such as the HSE and the Department of  Employment Affairs & Social Protection.

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Outreach and Advocacy Officer

Brenda Fleming

Based in Kerry, Brenda joined the team of Safe Home Ireland in 2002 as Outreach and Advocacy Officer. Her role takes her to the UK to visit applicants who are contemplating returning home as well as linking in with organisations that work with Irish Emigrants. Once applicants return home to Ireland Brenda will support and assist them with paperwork and accessing their benefits and services. Brenda loves meeting new people and supporting them in their return home. It can be a daunting task for many and it is good to be able to help smooth the way for someone who returns to live after spending most of their lives abroad.

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