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Before joining the CIF, Tom served as a TD for Laois – Offaly and as Minister for State at the Department of Finance from 2002 until 2007. As Minister he was responsible for the Office for Public Works (OPW).

From 1997 to 2001, Tom was President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), having previously held several other positions with the association.

He is from Coolderry in Co. Offaly.

Stephen Garvey has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and property industry in Ireland. His experience includes working with many of the large Irish property developers, including Menolly Homes, Schelester Properties, Glenman Corporation and McCabe Builders. Stephen was the founder of Bridgedale which focused on constructing residential developments in the Greater Dublin Area from 2003. In his role at Bridgedale, he sourced and negotiated the acquisitions of development sites, secured external finance, formulated and implemented business plans for each project and managed the overall delivery of residential units. Between 2014 and 2017 Bridgedale were responsible for advising and managing Oaktree’s residential projects in Ireland.

Civil engineer and project manager with a broad range of expertise on transport infrastructure projects. Responsible for the management of all civil engineering and rail contracts within the KN Group in Ireland.

Experienced in all aspects of project management including health and safety, contract planning and programming, quality and commercial management on projects executed under various forms of contract.

Joe Blake is a highly motivated security professional with successful background in private security. Effectively organized across all levels of leadership, supervising, training and consulting with clients, while maintaining excellent communication and presentation skills. Strong problem solving and decision making skills under stress with the ability to develop and implement effective action plans.

Joe began his security career in the United Kingdom twenty years ago. That's where his interest in dog training originated. He moved to the USA and worked in New York city and honed his security skills within the security industry. He returned to Ireland and started to train his own security dogs and setup CI Secure.

CI Secure was founded in 2015 by Joseph Blake, to provide professional Security Guards and Dogs to Secure your boundaries and protect your property.

Ian has over 25 years HR experience gained in commercially run businesses covering all aspects of the function including employee and industrial relations, change management, training and development, remuneration and performance management and recruitment and selection. He has excellent communication skills, a good sense of humour and builds lasting relationships with all parties involved in the successful management of Walls.

Leading Engineering and Construction Company - Limerick/ Dublin/ Galway/ London/ Brussels.

Founded in 1964, Kirby is a leading Mechanical and Electrical engineering contractor with operations in Ireland, the UK and Northern Europe. The company, with a turnover of €167m, delivers high-value mechanical and electrical engineering contracting services as well as specialist high voltage (HV) and medium voltage (MV) design and construction services. Kirby directly employs over 700 highly skilled professionals. Recently, Kirby was awarded gold accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating our commitment to high performance through good people management.

Colm as a member of the Garda National Immigration Bureau dealing with immigration issues from 1997 until April 2015. Colm served with the Irish Police Force, An Garda Siochana for 33 years with 29 years' experience assigned to detective duty and has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the immigration laws and procedures. His experience in immigration as a designated team leader of various departments within the Garda National Immigration Bureau allows him to provide accurate and up to date information on the laws and administrative practices regarding all aspects of immigration. Conducting investigations, dissemination and evaluation of cases for presentation in the Irish Courts system were core function as an authorised immigration officer.

Colm served as an officer of Detective Sergeant Rank attached to the specialist anti-terrorist unit of An Garda Siochana, SDU, from 1986 to 2001. He is a qualified investigator, emergency tactical support officer and also proficient in the use of various firearms.

Colm was responsible for the protection of Heads of state on the occasion of their State visits to Ireland and the primary location for Colm and his unit was Dublin Airport, security evaluation of the site, security planning, and crisis management and enforcement. Liaison with officers attached to National and International Security agencies were primary functions on these occasions and required meticulous planning through a joint consultative process.

Colm was deployed to immigration duty in 1997 and has gained vast experience and knowledge whilst working as an immigration officer in Ireland. He was assigned to various tasks and investigations in Ireland and Internationally with other immigration agencies around the World and in particular, the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Services in relation to residence permission and the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation in relation to employment permits.

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