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Orla O’Neill CPA is the Trust’s Grants & Development Director. Her role in the organisation is to support applicants make their case for funding to the Trustees. She manages all of the Trust’s grant programmes, undertaking grant programme research and development, grant administration, assessment, monitoring and evaluation. She supports the Trustees in their governance function including the production of Annual Reports and Financial Statements. The Trust does not have a public office as it prefers to meet organisations where they operate to get a good sense of the work. She is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has previously worked in Schizophrenia Ireland, Nexus Research, Edelman Public Relations and several accountancy practices. Her education includes a PG Dip in Grantmaking Management, Cert in Voluntary Sector Management, Diploma in Public Relations and BA in Economics & Politics.
Orla can be contacted at (045) 480666 or email

Anne Costello was appointed as Travellers in Prison Initiative Programme Coordinator in April 2015. Anne works 3 days per week and is based in Galway. Anne's role is to coordinate and implement the actions set out in the SSGT Travellers in Prison Initiative Strategic Plan 2015-2018 which seeks to improve outcomes for Travellers in prison and their families through a range of policy and service initiatives. She coordinates the activities of the TPI Steering Group and supports them to achieve the intended outcomes of the TPI. Anne has been actively involved in community work since qualifying with a H.Dip in Community & Youth Work from NUIM in 2000. She was the coordinator for Clondalkin Travellers Development Group (2000-2004), she worked as the resource worker with the Community Platform - a network of 28 national organisations working collectively to address poverty and inequality - from 2007 to 2011 and has been employed as a community worker with the Galway Traveller Movement focusing on a number of issues including accommodation, education, justice and rights, enterprise and employment (2004-2015). She completed a BA in Psychology in 1987 and an MA in Applied Social Studies at NUI Maynooth in 2012.
Anne can be contacted at or 087 657 7666.

Karen Ryan was appointed Administrative Assistant in February 2016. She works with Orla in the office in Kildare.

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SSGT, PO Box 950, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Tel: (045) 480666. Email: info @ SSGT is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital, registered in Dublin. Company No: 447527. Registered Office: 75 Weston Pk, Churchtown, D14. SSGT has charitable status: CHY no 10449; CRA no 20026547. Directors: Stephen Rourke; Sr Maria McGuinness; Fr Mike Drennan; Donal O'Brien; Dearbhail McDonald; Avila Kilmurray

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