Working 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.

Catherine Keane, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Catherine has significant public affairs and policy development experience at an Irish and EU level, having worked for the Fine Gael Leader’s Office in Leinster House and for former MEP Avril Doyle in the European Parliament, Brussels. She worked as an employment and family law solicitor before taking up her role with Alcohol Action Ireland. Catherine is also a Member of the Board of the Children’s Rights Alliance. A native of County Galway, Catherine is a graduate of UCD and holds a Master of Public Relations from DIT, a Diploma in Employment Law from the Law Society of Ireland, and is a member of the Law Society of Ireland.

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.