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Guiding Principles

Our Mission Statement


Guiding Principles

Our Mission Statement

Ability West – Éirim an Iarthair is dedicated to enabling people with an intellectual disability realise their dreams and ambitions. Ability West will deliver on this vision by:

Placing service users’ fundamental rights at the centre of our activities and promoting those rights

Empowering service users to live the lifestyle of their choice and to play a meaningful role in all aspects of community life

Listening and then developing a variety of options that can be used flexibly to meet the identified needs of service users

Developing the skills and dedication of our staff in a supportive and motivating environment

Working in active partnership with service users, families, staff, our voluntary supporters and the broader community

Campaigning at local, regional and national level to resource and realise our vision to achieve these aims

Our Six Guiding Principles

 Ability West's mission is to provide an individual and holistic service to each person availing of our services, with each person supported and valued within an environment which promotes their overall autonomy, health and wellbeing and enables them to reach their potential. 

We provide services to children and adults with intellectual disability whose primary diagnosis is intellectual disability and may also include co-morbidity. 

Ability West is funded in the main by the Health Service Executive with a Service Arrangement in place which details an agreed quantum of service provision.  Ability West also receives some funding from the Department of Education and Skills.

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  • Independence
  • Partnership
  • Openness, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency
  • Participation in Community Life
  • Rights Based Approach
  • Person Centredness

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Company Info

Ability West company information

Company Info

Ability West company information

Ability West is a Company Limited by Guarantee, not having a Share Capital and registered in Ireland (No. 41317).

The Registered Office of Ability West is Blackrock House, Salthill, Galway H91 R254.

Ability West is registered with the Revenue Commissioners as a Charity (No. CHY6306). Registered Charity No. 20011161. Éirim An Iarthair is a Registered Business Name of Ability West.

Audited accounts are filed annually with the Companies Registration Office and are included on the Charities Regulatory Authority website. 

Ability West also submits financial information on a quarterly and annual basis to the Health Service Executive in full compliance with the Charity SORP (Standard of Reporting Practice under FRS102). A comprehensive annual report and audited accounts are published on this website. 

Service Standards

Ability West operates in line with national policy, legislation and regulation including: New Directions, National Standards for Residential Services for Children and Adults with Disability.

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Ability West is a member of Charities Institute Ireland.  We are signed up to the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public and the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charity Organisations in Ireland.


Ability West has a range of polices in areas covering Service Operations, Human Resources, Financial Operations and more.  These policies state how Ability West will operate, guide decision making processes, provide services and manage staff conduct.  If you would like to view any of these policies, please contact us on 091 540900 or email 

Board of Directors

Ability West is a voluntary organisation governed by a Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors comprises of elected and co-opted Board Members.  Board Members are elected through our Regional Structure; two per region, one of whom must be a family member of a service user.  Refer to our Constitution.  The Directors are non-executive and offer their services on a voluntary basis.

Within the Board’s broad governance role are a number of specific roles that are exercised, including: approval of the Strategic Plan, reporting to Members at the Annual General Meeting and passing bye-laws which are subject to approval by the Members.  The Board has a number of reserved functions: appointment of the CEO, approval of annual budget, acquisition and disposal of company assets and overall corporate governance. 

For further information please contact the Company Secretary at


Board of Directors 2018

Mr. Ray Kelly, Chairperson
Ms. Breda Dolan, Vice Chairperson
Mr. Paddy Daly, Company Secretary
Mr. Kevin Flavin, Hon. Treasurer
Mr. Michael Finnerty
Mr. Páraic Lawless
Mr. Kevin Newell
Mr. Kevin O Flatharta
Mr. Frank O'Connell
Mr. Anthony O’Connor

Mrs. Breda Crehan-Roche, Chief Executive
Ms. Carol A. Browne, Recording Secretary

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee monitors the financial affairs of the organisation on behalf of the Board of Directors.

The committee consists of Board Members, one of whom is the Honorary Treasurer and two members of the Senior Management team, i.e. the Chief Executive and Director of Finance. The Finance Committee meets regularly during the course of the year.

The current members of the Finance Committee are: Kevin Flavin, Chairperson, Breda Crehan-Roche, Breda Dolan, Páraic Lawless, John McHugo and Kevin Newell.

Nominations Committee

Audit Committee

The role of the Audit Committee is to keep under reivew the adequacy, scope and effectiveness of accounting and internal control systems of all activities carried out by Ability West.

The Audit Committee advises the Board of Directors on the appointment of the external auditor, the audit fee, and issues relating to the resignation or dismissal of the auditor or on any matters arising of concern to the auditor.

The Audit Committee comprises of four members: Paddy Daly, Chairperson, Kevin Flavin, Jack King and Gerry Walsh.

Audit Committee Charter

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