Advisor Profiles

Joe McGrath is an experienced researcher and advocate from Scariff in County Clare.

Joe McGrath
Joe McGrath representing the National Platform of Self-Advocates at the National Ploughing Championships, 2017

Joe is former Chair and current Vice-Chair of the National Platform of Self-Advocates.

He has worked with the Clare Self-Advocacy Platform and the Inclusive Research Network.

Joe has worked in horticulture for the past 12 years. He has also worked in a coffee shop and in a factory.

Joe has deep insight into how self-advocacy is done by people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland.

He completed the Research Active Programme at the University of Limerick in 2012 and worked as a peer mentor when the programme ran in other years.

Working on this project with Emma, Joe is especially interested in ethics, participant rights and researcher accountability.


Brian Hogan is a self-advocate, researcher, and mentor from Tulla in Co Clare.

Brian Hogan at a Steering Committee meeting of the Inclusive Research Network in 2015

Brian has worked in advocacy for many years through such groups as the Clare Self-Advocacy Platform.

He completed the Research Active Programme at University of Limerick in 2011 and twice served as a peer mentor on later RAP courses.

He has worked with the Inclusive Research Network since it was founded.

Brian has served as Acting Vice-Chair on its Steering Committee and has presented at international conferences with the IRN.

Brian is very skilled at developing easy-to-read documents and creative ways of explaining research.