advocating to reduce alcohol harm

Team Members

Suzanne Costello, Chief Executive Officer

Suzanne joined Alcohol Action Ireland from the Samaritans, where she served as the organisation’s Executive Director for Ireland for six years, establishing the Samaritans as the leading provider of emotional support in Ireland and a key contributor to national policy development and delivery in the area of suicide prevention. Suzanne has extensive senior management experience in the non-profit sector and has also previously worked with The Medieval Trust in Dublin, Wicklow County Council and the Irish Film Institute. She holds qualifications in social science and business, including a Master of Business from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.



Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy

Eunan has considerable political campaigning and communications experience, having been Political Director to the office of the former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, and as his Parliamentary Adviser during a period as Minister of State for Primary Care at the Department of Health. Prior to a career period in political management, he was Managing Director of Source, a creative communications agency, which he co-founded in 1991. Eunan is also a Member of the Board of the Lorcan O’Toole Day Centre. A native of County Sligo, Eunan is a BA Hons graduate and holds a Masters in Politics from UCD, a Professional Diploma in Advertising from JAEC|DIT. He is a former Chair of the Irish Design Business Association and Council Member of the Institute of Designers of Ireland.


Kaitlyn Powell, Research Assistant

Kaitlyn recently graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in Political Science and a specialization in European Politics and Policy. While completing her degree, she gained governmental, non-profit, and research experience while working as a Professional Assistant in the University of Colorado Admissions Office, as a Legislative Intern in the office of Senator Michael Bennet in the United States Senate, and as a Program Assistant at EuroMed Rights.