New National President

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KiIkenny man Geoff Meagher has been elected as the new National President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Ireland.

He takes up the role of National President next month for a three-year term. He succeeds Mairead Bushnell from Cork who was the first women to be elected National President in the Society’s 168 years in Ireland.

Mr. Meagher has been an active member of the SVP for over thirty years. In outlining his vision for the SVP in the coming years Mr. Meagher said,

“Visitation is at the core of the SVP work and is the strength of volunteer membership. The range of issues and complexity of problems, including large debts that our volunteers face has increased significantly due to the economic downturn. In many cases we do not have the resources or expertise to help solve many of these issues for people who come to us for support. However we can bring hope and guide people to the appropriate agencies and advice centres to find a way forward. And in some instances we may play a part in the final solution. Recruiting volunteers with a mix of talents, gender and age and providing them with encouragement and relevant training will be a key aim for me during the next three years.”

He first joined the St Canices Visitation Conference in KIlkenny and has served as both Secretary and President of the Conference. He is also currently the SVP National Treasurer, a Member of the National Board and on the Ormond Regional Board and Council.

In addition to his depth of knowledge and experience in helping those in need Mr. Meagher also brings a wealth of senior management experience to his new role. In 2009 he retired as Group Finance Director/Deputy Managing Director of Glanbia plc on reaching the normal retirement age of the Group and now has his own consultancy specialising in business mentoring. He is an accountant by profession and began his working career with PriceWaterhouse Coopers in Kilkenny. He is a board member and former President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA).

As well as his involvement with SVP he is Chairman of St. Canices’ Homes for the Elderly Association and Chairman of the Ossory Diococean Finance Committee. To relax he lists GAA, and golf among his hobbies.


For further information contact: Jim Walsh 087 2541700


The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been in Ireland for 168 years and works with a diverse range of people who experience poverty and exclusion.

Through a network of over 10,300 volunteers home visitation to families, carried out in strict confidence, is the core work of the Society. Other aspects of the Society’s work carried out with a mixture of volunteers and staff include operating 150 charity shops; 14 hostels; 15 daycare centres; 11 holiday centres and 66 housing schemes. It also provides exam revision classes, after-school activities, homework clubs and breakfast clubs.

Through person-to-person contact, the SVP is committed to respecting the dignity of those they assist and fostering self-respect. They assure confidentiality at all times and endeavour to establish relationships based on trust and friendship.