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Guiding Principles

Our Mission Statement


Guiding Principles

Our Mission Statement

Ability West is dedicated to enabling people we support to realise their goals and ambitions. Ability West will deliver on this vision by:

Placing the fundamental rights of the people we support at the centre of our activities and promoting those rights

Empowering each person we support to live self-directed lives 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 their identified needs

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

Working in active partnership with the people we support, 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 empower people with disabilities to live self-directed lives in an equal and inclusive society. 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

  • Person Centredness

  • Accountability and Transparency

  • Participation in Community Life

  • Openness

  • Integrity

  • Rights Based Approach

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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, although the Charities Regulator has developed a new, mandatory Governance Code for Charities and we are working towards compliance with this code for January 2020.


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 Chief Executive, approval of annual budget, acquisition and disposal of company assets and overall corporate governance. 

For further information please contact the Company Secretary at

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Board of Directors 2019

Mr. Kevin Newell, Chairperson
Mr. Kevin Flavin, Vice Chairperson and Hon. Treasurer
Mr. Ray Kelly, Company Secretary
Ms. Breda Dolan
Mr. Michael Finnerty
Mr. Cormac Flynn
Mr. Sean McGrath
Mr. Frank O'Connell
Mr. Anthony O’Connor
Mr. Kevin O Flatharta
Mrs. Mary O’Mahony
Mr. Dermot O’Neill
Ms. Denise Ryan
Mr. Darragh Sheehy

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 Dermot O’Neill.

Nominations Committee

The Board Nominations Committee is tasked with the core responsibilities of managing the appointment process for new board directors and succession planning for the Board of Directors. The current members are: Kevin Newell, Chairperson, Ray Kelly, Company Secretary, and Frank O’Connell. The Chief Executive is in attendance at these meetings.

Audit Committee

The role of the Audit Committee is to keep under review 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: Kevin Flavin, Cormac Flynn, Jack King and Gerry Walsh.

Audit Committee Terms of Reference

Visiting Committee

As part of the overall governance of the organisation, the Board of Directors visit our respite and residential services on an annual basis and day services on a biennial basis. A written report is provided to the Chief Executive following each visit and feedback on any issues raised is given at the following Board of Directors’ meeting.

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