The Irish IPA National Executive Committee from 2022 to 2025.


Conor O’Higgins
+353 (0)87 996 4025
c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Conor was elected as President on the 21st April 2018 at National Congress, Donegal. In 2006 was elected to the position of Secretary General and oversaw major IPA Infrastructural changes expanding the Regional Base to match each Garda Division.

Conor is a native of Waterford City and joined An Garda Siochana in November 1974. After training he was posted to Cabinteely, Dublin then to Union Quay Cork City and in 1980 to Kilkenny City. In 1990 promoted Sergeant and served in Thomastown until 1995 when he returned to Kilkenny taking on the role of Sergeant In Charge until promotion to Inspector in 1999. Conor joined the management of Student/Probationer Training at Garda College.

Conor was introduced to IPA very early in his career by his Section Sergeant, Former President of IPA, John Hickson. In 2000 Conor took on the role of Chair of the College Branch which was then in the old Region 4. In 2000 the College was designated a Region and Conor served as Chair of the Region up to when he was elected Secretary General. Conor retired in 2007 and changed careers to teaching in Further Education where he is still attached to Ormonde College of Further Education, Kilkenny.

Conor is married to Catherine, living in Kilkenny since 1980 and has four children Ronan , Niall, Niamh and Adrian. He presently has four Grandchildren, Kate, Charlie, Ruth and Max and another due in September.


Marie Daly

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Marie Daly is the first vice President of International Police Association (IPA), Section Ireland. Marie has been a member of IPA since she joined An Garda Siochana. She was instrumental in reviving IPA in the Garda College, Templemore on her transfer there and having the Garda College recognised as a separation region.

As 1st Vice President, Marie is the Chair of the Cultural Commission and the Editorial Board. She is on the Board of Trustees for Gimborn and member of the International Professional Commission with responsibility for the Arthur Troop Scholarship.

Marie is passionate about the importance of IPA in the professional, cultural, and social lives of members of IPA. She strongly encourages serving, retired and reserve members of An Garda Siochana to join IPA. The ‘service through friendship’ ethos of IPA serves members well in the good times and not so good times due to the huge international family network.

Marie lives in Templemore with her husband Michael. They have two children Grainne and Conor.


Declan J. O’Byrne

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
00353 (0)87 264 8761

Joined An Garda Síochána in 1977. Retired 2015. Joined IPA in 1978. Served at Branch, Regional, and National Committees of IPA. Elected to the National Executive Committee in September 2000. Travel Secretary / Officer 2000 to 2016. Vice President 2016 to date.

Declan has organised many trips and events nationally and internationally in his role of Travel Secretary / Officer.

He has also represented IPA Ireland at many events and functions at home and abroad.


Carlo Griffin

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Carlo Griffin was elected to the portfolio of Secretary General of Section Ireland in April at IPA National Congress 2018 in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and re elected to the position at National Congress held in April 2022 in Trim, Co. Meath.

A member of the IPA since 1994, Carlo had previously served as an Internal Auditor of Section Ireland for 3 years (2015 – 2018), having been elected to that position at National Congress 2015 in Athlone. He also holds the position of Secretary of the Sliabh Bloom Region (No. 10) encompassing Laois and Offaly.

Carlo is a serving member An Garda Síochána and is currently attached to Birr Garda Station, Co. Offaly. He has 27 years of service in An Garda Síochána and has served in Harcourt Terrace – Dublin, Garda HQ, Garda College and for the last 13 years has been a Sergeant in the Laois/Offaly Division serving in Portlaoise, Edenderry and Birr.

Carlo is originally from the Treaty City of Limerick and is a very proud Munster Man living in the heart of Leinster. His home is now in Offaly where he is married to Claire and has 3 Children.


Damian Crummy

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

At the 2015 National Congress in Athlone, Damian Crummey was elected to the NEC with responsibility for the portfolio of National Treasurer. Damian is a long time member of the IPA, and was very much involved with the IPA Garda Motorcycle Club (IPAGMC) for many years, taking part in many IPAGMC events. Damian has also been involved in local management of IPA and is the Regional Secretary of the Tara na Rí Region (Region No. 11 – Meath)


Joyce O’ Grady

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Joyce O’ Grady is a serving member stationed in Athlone in Westmeath – Region 12. She currently holds the position of Assistant Secretary General with responsibility for Youth & Junior members on the National Executive Committee. She was co – opted to this position in 2020 and was elected to the position at National Council in April 2022.

The focus of her work is the engagement with and promotion of Youth & Junior members. She has gathered a dynamic group of Youth & Junior members and established the YPO Forum. Joyce has worked with other National Sections in strategies which will mutually assist with Professional development of this group.

In the coming term she will continue her work with an eye to expansion of Professional programmes and Education and is very much looking forward to raising the profile of the members who she serves.


James Codd

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

James is a serving member stationed in the Dublin Metropolitan Region. He is the vice chairperson of Region 2 Dublin’s Rivera

James joined the International Police Association in 1998 and joined his regional committee as Assistant Treasurer in 2015. James enjoys traveling under the umbrella of the International Police Association, but says just as important is the reciprocal arrangement when we host visitors to our shores “You make great friends through IPA”

James has been a delegate at several National Councils and has in the recent past looked to change (successfully) rules and schedules relating to the inclusion of Garda Reserve members and IPA causes. He believes that the International Police Association must be a living association that must change in a changing world while maintaining its traditions and core values.

James was elected as an internal auditor at the National Congress in 2022 a position he gave up in June 2023 when he was co-opted onto the National Executive Committee as Assistant Treasurer with responsibility for Supplies.

James hopes to continue to develop this role by improving the range of merchandise available online while also acknowledging the achievements of his predecessor in establishing the online marketplace.

Outside of his national portfolio James is also involved in the IPA Rugby Supporters Club and the Dublin Forum both of which are important to the overall strength of the association.


Donal Sweeney

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Donal Sweeney was elected to the newly designated Portfolio of Social and Clubs Officer at the 2015 National Congress in Athlone. This portfolio includes all of the responsibilities that Donal had as the office holder of the Social Secretary portfolio with the added responsibility for IPA Clubs and IPA Hobbies.

Donal has been a member of the IPA since 1980 and became involved in the management of the IPA through his membership of the then Longford Branch Committee. He was elected to the position of National Social Secretary at the 2006 National Congress in Carrigaline and was re-elected to that position at National Congress 2009 in Ennistymon and at the 2012 National Congress in Waterford.


Chris Verling

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
01 830 2907

Chris has been a member of IPA since entering the Garda College in 2006 where he got involved with the Garda College Regional Committee. Only moving a short distance to be stationed in Thurles, he was co-opted onto the Tipperary Regional Committee as Secretary in 2015 and holds the position to date. Chris was elected to the position of Internal Auditor at National Congress 2018 held in Letterkenny, Donegal. At National Congress 2022 in Knightsbrook, Trim, Co Meath, Chris was elected to the NEC portfolio of National Accommodation Officer.

Chris gained an insight into the Accommodation Portfolio during his tenure as Internal Auditor and is committed to building on the great work of his predecessors, together with the House Managers to ensuring the IPA Section Ireland Accommodation continues to meet the expectations of members and visitors alike throughout his term.


Willie Maye

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

At the 2015 National Congress in Athlone, Willie Maye was re-elected to the NEC. In line with the changes enacted at the Special National Congress of 2014, the Portfolio of National Development Secretary (NDS) has been extended and once again includes the responsobility of National Enrolment Secretary (NES).

The principal function of the NDS/NES are:

  • To encourage enrolment at all levels from students to retired members.
  • To advise on activities conducive to development.
  • To ensure that computer records and printouts are kept up-to-date.
  • To oversee the distribution of IPA publications and deal with related problems.
  • To re-activate weak Regions.
  • To consult with Regions on adequacy of Regional structures.
  • To intervene where AGMs and ARCs are not held and to set up provisional committees in such cases under the provisions of new Rule 19(6)(f).
  • To liaise with the Editor / Communications Officer on matters related to development.


Ann Liston

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
00353 (0)86 854 8284

Ann was first elected to the N.E.C. in 2009 and has since served 9 years as Assistant Secretary General/Youth & Junior Members. In 2018, at National Congress in Letterkenny, Ann was elected to the position of Travel Officer. Ann has been actively involved in I.P.A. since 1981 and is currently Travel Officer of the Cork North Region, which covers the Cobh, Midleton, Mallow and Fermoy Districts.

To quote Ann, ”I have a personal interest in travel and will endeavour to organise affordable and attractive trips to encourage and entice members of all ages to join and participate in such trips. I also look forward to the new challenge and I commit to giving assistance, encouragement and advise to any Region wishing to organise a Travel Event”.

The National Travel Secretary oversees the licensing and management of IPA Travel in this Section and is a member of the National Social Commission of IPA Ireland. The National Travel Secretary organises Group Tours for the IPA members of this Section to International IPA events in destinations all over the world. These Tours are well supported and member are rewarded with an opportunity of meeting IPA members from around the world while enjoying a first class holiday in a foreign land.

Contacts made by our members who participate in these travel events often build into long lasting friendships, resulting in exchange visits and ongoing contact at home and abroad. If you have never experienced one of the IPA organised travel events, why not talk to the IPA Travel Secretary about getting involved or contact the IPA Office for further information.


Chris Cahill

c/o IPA Office, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
+353 (1) 8302907

Chris Cahill, an IPA member for 20 years was co-opted onto the National Executive Committee of IPA Section Ireland in January 2016, as Accommodation Officer. He was elected Editor & Communications Officer at National Congress in 2022.

Chris is a serving member of An Garda Síochána, stationed in the Southern Region and looks forward to the opportunity to communicate the good work and IPA activity around the Country through the IPA Journal, our new website and other communication channels.