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, employment and entrepreneurship.
Some of the people we work with include refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth, those from a Traveller or Roma background, LGBTIQ+, people with a criminal past, 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.

To create pathways to education, employment and entrepreneurship for marginalised people.

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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.

Facilitated by

Open Doors Initiative Board and Governing Bodies

Chairperson: Paddy Hayes, CEO, ESB 
CEO: Jeanne McDonagh

Patrick Doyle, Director, e-Frontiers 
Veronica Cabazes
David Stanton TD
Sharon Murphy, MD, Wilson Hartnell
Ursula Mapley, COO, Bank of America Europe
Sharon Vize, Head of HR, CPL
Barry O’Sullivan, MD, Diageo Ireland
Hilary O'Meara, Country Managing Director, Accenture

Leadership Advisory Group
David Fox, CEO, Sodexo Ireland
Denis Doolan, Strategic Head of Inclusion & Diversity, AIB
Ian Anderson, MD All Ireland, ABM
Professor Thomas Stone, VP Partnerships, TU Dublin
Gerard Kiernan, MD, Icon Accounting

Anne Dermody - Strategic Advisor


If you would like us to support you to find a job in Ireland, access further education/training, or start your own business, the best way to get started is to complete this form and we will be in touch shortly. If you require this form in an alternative format, please contact info@opendoorsinitiative.ie

If you have a general query, please email us at info@opendoorsinitiative.ie or use the form below.

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