About Us

Management Team

David Franks, Chief Executive

David Franks joined Iarnród Éireann as Chief Executive in February, 2013. Prior to his appointment he was a Director of Keolis UK, the UK division of the French National Railways, SNCF.

David has nearly 40 years experience in the rail industry where his career has taken him from platform to the boardroom. He has held a number of senior posts both in the UK and Sweden. He is Chairman of Institution of Railway Operators.

David enjoys all sport but particularly enjoys fishing and scuba diving. Both he and his wife Johanna are Manchester United season ticket holders.

Jim Meade, Director, Railway Undertaking

Jim was appointed Director, Railway Undertaking in 2013 as part of the restructuring of Iarnród Éireann to achieve compliance with EU requirements for the rail industry. He is responsible for the management, control, supervision and delivery of all rail operation activities covering the national network, DART and commuter routes, including the maintenance of the fleet.

He has worked in Iarnród Éireann throughout his career, beginning in 1983, initially in mechanical engineering, before moving to operations management.

Jim is an avid motorsports fan & has competed in a number of rallies and enjoys spending time with his family.

Don Cunningham, Director Infrastructure Manager

Don joined Iarnród Éireann in 2006 firstly as Director, New Works and then Assistant Chief Executive, Engineering. Under the organisational restructuring to achieve compliance with European Union requirements for the rail industry, he was appointed Director Infrastructure in 2013, covering civil engineering (track and structures), signalling & electrical engineering, New Works (capital investment projects) and Infrastructure Operations (CTC and level crossing control centres).

Don manages and coordinates the activities of these disciplines to ensure that the network meets train operator and customer requirements. Don has spent most of his career in the mining industry with Anglo American PLC and has also worked with Lisheen Mine in Tipperary.

He is a keen golfer and enjoys watching all sports.

Aidan Cronin, Chief Financial Officer

Aidan joined Iarnród Éireann in August 2008 as Chief Financial Officer. He is a Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA) and holds an MBA. He has wide accountancy and commercial experience in industry in Ireland and with General Electric in the USA.

He took over the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer at Iarnród Éireann at a critical time, at the onset of the current economic difficulties in Ireland.

Ciaran Masterson, Director Human Resources

Ciarán is responsible for the Human Resources function in Iarnród Éireann, ranging from personnel development to industrial relations. It is a role he has held since 2010.

He joined Iarnród Éireann in 1985 as an Apprentice Electrician, and has worked in a range of roles including management responsibilities in the operations, catering and personnel areas.

Ciarán’s management responsibilities continue away from Iarnród Éireann, managing the schoolboys' team for his local club. He also enjoys the cinema with his family.

Gerry Culligan, Commercial Director

Gerry joined the company in January 2012 and is responsible for all matters relating to revenue and customer care.

Gerry has over 25 years commercial experience across a number of industries, holding senior executive roles in Financial Services with Aviva, in Communications with Eircom and in Grocery with Mars Ireland.

Gerry is an avid squash player and enjoys outdoor sports particularly cycling and running. He has completed four marathons, albeit a number of years ago he says!

John Cassidy, Iarnród Éireann Safety Advisor

John’s role is to provide specialist advice and support in safety matters across the organisation. He has worked for Iarnród Éireann throughout his career, joining the Freight division in 1974, before a number of roles in Human Resources. This included Manager, Training for Iarnród Éireann from 1999 to 2011.

John is a former League of Ireland player with St. Patricks Athletic and retains a keen interest in football, and in most sports, and enjoys regular games of golf.

Barry Kenny, Corporate Communications Manager

Barry joined Iarnród Éireann in 1994 and has spent his career with the company in the communications area.

Best known for representing the company in the broadcast and print media, Barry is also responsible for a number of areas including social media policy and development; and liaison with public representatives, as well as media relations.

Barry enjoys travelling the world and has a keen interest in sport and current affairs.