Our staff

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Liam Harbison

CEO/Secretary General

Liam has been involved in Paralympic sport since 1996. As Performance Director for the Paralympic Council of Ireland, he developed a high-performance system which paved the way for Irish success at Beijing 2008.  Liam became the organisations first CEO in 2008, and led the 2012 Irish team in London as Chef de Mission.

Sport Department

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Dave Malone

Performance Director

Dave became Head of Paralympic Swimming in July 2009. Prior to this, he competed for Ireland at four Paralympic Games, winning medals in his favoured 100m backstroke event at Atlanta 1996 (silver), Sydney 2000 (gold) and Athens 2004 (silver). As team manager in London, Dave led a highly successful team of six swimmers to two gold medals and a host of personal bests. Dave was appointed Performance Director in early 2015 and is now the operational lead of Paralympics Ireland’s Sport Department.


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James Nolan

Head of Paralympic Athletics

James became head of Paralympic Athletics in April 2010. He enjoyed a distinguished athletics career, winning 800/1500m silver at the European Indoor Championships in 2000 and competing at two Olympic Games (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004). As team manager in London James led the team of ten to a fantastic four gold, one silver and one bronze medals, and continues to lead the programme to Rio 2016


Hayley Burke

Para-swimming Operations Manager

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Hayley joined Paralympics Ireland in February 2015. She has worked as a volunteer for the Paralympics Ireland Swim Team as a coach since 2011. Hayley was part of the Ireland team for London Paralympic Games 2012 were the team won two gold medals. Hayley’s responsibility will be managing the high performance swim programme, coordinating the development programme as well as continuing on her coaching role with the para-swim team.


Fiona Murray

Performance Assistant

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Fiona joined Paralympics Ireland as Performance Assistant at the end of 2013. Fiona is responsible for the planning and delivery of the camps programme and in addition takes on a coordination role with the Sport Science and Medical Services, Fiona previously worked in a lead role in Special Olympics Ireland and was Team Ireland Head of Delegation at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens.

Communications & Events Department

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Sinead Naughton

Communications & Events Director

Sinead was a member of the media team for the Beijing Games in 2008 while working for the Irish Sports Council. She joined Paralympics Ireland as Programme Coordinator in 2009 and led in the development of the Primary Schools education initiative and events. Sinead was appointed Communications and Events Director in 2013 and is responsible for driving our communications strategy.

Commercial Department

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Patrick Haslett

Commercial Director

Patrick joined courtesy of Vodafone Ireland Foundation’s “World of Difference” programme in August 2010 as Partnership Manager for a year, leading the rebrand from Paralympic Council of Ireland to Paralympics Ireland. Patrick worked closely with our many corporate and community partners in the run up to, and at, London 2012. Now as the organisation’s Commercial Director Patrick is working to secure investment from the Commercial sector for the Rio cycle.


Emma Heavin

Office Administrator

Emma joined the organisation as Office Administrator in June 2013. Emma is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office as well as recently appointed as the Designated Safeguarding Officer. Emma joined Paralympics Ireland from Triathlon Ireland, where she was responsible for the development of Paratriathlon.



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Patricia Fitzgerald

Financial Administrator

Patricia joined the organisation as part-time Office Administrator in 2005 and retained that position until the end of 2012. Patricia moved into her new role as Financial Administrator in January 2013.



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