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Board of Directors

Board of Directors - Explained

The purpose of the Board of Directors is to take responsibility for the governance of the union in the following areas:

  1. Overall direction of the work of the union staff
  2. Financial management
  3. Legal and regulatory compliance
  4. Accountability

Under company law, the Board of Directors are obliged to:

  • Act in good faith and in the company’s interest.
  • Act honestly and responsibly in relation to the company.
  • Act in line with the company’s constitution and the law.
  • Not use their powers for personal gain or for the benefit of others at the company’s expense.
  • Act with due care, skill and diligence.

The Board of Directors of the company must act in accordance with the bye laws and the University of Limerick Code of Conduct, as well as the Constitution.

The membership of the Board of Directors is made up of:

  1. Four Student Officers as elected in accordance with Bye Law 5: Elections
  2. The Chair of Student Council as elected in accordance with Bye Law 5: Elections
  3. The Faculties Officer as elected in accordance with Byelaw 5: Elections
  4. Up to a maximum of four External Directors to be appointed in accordance with this Bye Law

Download Our Constitution and Bye Laws 

For more information on Board of Directors, please refer to the relevant bye law. You can download the constitution and bye laws on our constitution on our constitution page. This includes 'University of Limerick Students Union Bye Law 4: Board of Directors'.

Our Constitution page to download our constitution and bye laws.


Meet our Board of Directors: The Board of Directors take responsibility for the good governance of the Union in the following areas:  Overall direction of the work of the Union staff Financial management Legal and regulatory compliance Accountability




Mícheál Gallagher 

Mícheál Gallagher works for the Washington Ireland Programme for Service and Leadership, as Programme Manager for the WIP Class of 2023. He has previously worked for Diligent as an ESG Project Manager, and before that as an Executive with Engineers Ireland. Mícheál brings experience to the board of other SU organisations: he previously served as President of UCD Students’ Union from 2013 to 2014 as well as working for DITSU / TUDSU as a Student Advisor from 2015-2019.

Daire O'Criodain 

Daire O'Criodain holds a BA and MA From UCD and an MBA from UL (1993).  He spent 10 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs in the 1980s during which he served in Belfast and Washington DC.  His professional career since 1990 has been in aircraft financing.  This career choice brought him to live in Clare.  He retired from executive participation in the industry in 2015.  He is still involved as a non-executive Director of an aircraft leasing company and has served on the Boards of several not-for-profit organisations at local and national level.  He has been an external trustee of UL Student Life since 2016.

Niall O’Callaghan

Niall O’Callaghan leads Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) as CEO, a public private partnership which uses revenue from its commercial property business to fund community projects of impact across Limerick. Niall is a graduate of UL, with a Masters in Marketing from UCC, and was identified as ‘Global High Performing Talent’ in his early years with consumer goods giant, Unilever. Following his tenure with IDA Ireland, leading the Mid-West through its most successful period of foreign direct investment on record, Niall took on the role of transforming the Shannon Heritage portfolio of tourist attractions in 2017, bringing profitability to the semi-state company for the first time whilst implementing a transformational change management program. Niall was named All Ireland Business Foundation Public/Private Sector Executive of the Year in 2022, in recognition of his for his considerable contribution to trade and commerce in the Mid-West region.

Niall is the immediate Past Chairperson of AVEA – The National Association of Visitor Experiences and Attractions and was also previously appointed to the Irish Government’s Tourism Leadership Group. He is currently a member of a number of regional social and economic inclusion committees and boards, including Innovate Limerick, the I.NY Project, and Limerick Regeneration amongst others.


Mary Lynch

Mary is a dynamic and strategic Organisation Development & Human Resources Consultant with over 20 years’ experience collaborating with Leaders to create high performing teams and organisations. She has worked with organisations including Coca Cola, Stryker, facebook, PermanentTSB, Dropbox and Irish Stock Exchange. 

She works with CEO’s and Senior Leaders to identify key strategic priorities and to implement strategic plans which result in growth outcomes for the company. Mary’s focus is in providing clarity to leaders on the importance of cascading strategic imperatives throughout the organisation and identifying the culture change which will support the achievement of key outcomes. She is a strong proponent of the idea that when companies understand and leverage the positive DNA of their culture, they can achieve major transformation in a short period of time.