Who We Are

The Open Doors Initiative provides opportunities to some of the marginalised members of our society. We create pathways to work through training, education and employment.
 
Some of the people we work with include refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth, those from a Traveller background, LGBTIQ+, ex-offenders, and any intersectionality between the groups.

In Ireland today, these groups face higher barriers to employment than most others. Many are cut out of work, even during the recent times of nearly full employment.

Purpose 
To create pathways to education and employment for marginalised people.
 
Values

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The benefits of what we are doing will be two-fold – we will open up the labour market to some of those who have been unable to access it; and in doing so we will attract and retain our future inclusive workforces. 

In September 2018, 14 Irish employers came together with a plan to address these issues and support people from these groups in Irish society into employment. 

Our numbers continue to grow and if you want to join us on this journey please get in touch.

The Government are fully supportive of the Open Doors Initiative, especially the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar TD and David Stanton TD along with many government departments.

Kindly supported by

Open Doors Initiative Board and Governing Bodies

Chairperson: Francesca McDonagh, CEO Bank of Ireland
CEO: Jeanne McDonagh

Directors

Gerard Kiernan, MD, Icon Accounting (Secretary)
Patrick Doyle, Director, e-Frontiers 
Veronica Cabezas, MD Ireland, Liferay
David Stanton TD
Sharon Murphy, MD, Wilson Hartnell
Fernando Vicario, CEO Bank of America, Europe
Siobhan O’Shea, Client Services Director, CPL
Barry O’Sullivan, MD, Diageo Ireland

Leadership Advisory Group
Alistair Blair, CEO Ireland, Accenture
David Fox, CEO, Sodexo Ireland
Denis Doolan, Strategic Head of Inclusion & Diversity, AIB
Ian Anderson, COO, Momentum Support
Professor Thomas Stone, VP Partnerships, TU Dublin

Governance and Audit Sub-committee
Gerard Kiernan, MD Icon Accounting (Chair)
Anne Marie Corry, TU Dublin
Nap Keeling, Solicitor
Celine Darcy, Sodexo
Dáibhí O’Leary, Arthur Cox

Anne Dermody - Strategic Advisor
Brian Sheehan - Consultant

Contact

Email us at info@opendoorsinitiative.ie or fill in the form below.

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