What is an acute stress reaction?

Acute stress reactions are traumatic reactions that occur within a month of the incident. Usually involves a reaction to an abrupt, single easily identified cause (i.e. the sort of stress that happens after any threatening event, including a critical incident). Reactions that develop later than one month post event are called post-traumatic stress reactions (HSE, 2012).

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The National Steering Committee (NSC)

The National Steering Committee (NSC) is the team behind CISM Network Ireland and incorporates a wide range of individuals representing a variety of different organisations as well as staff from the NUI Maynooth CISM team.

NSC Members

The following is a list of the members of the NSC and their parent organisations

PositionNameParent Organisation
ChairBrendan McNicholasDublin Fire Brigade
Vice-ChairElaine ByrneState Claims Agency
Education & Research Officer/
Coordinator
Sharon Gallagher
TreasurerBrian LarkinState Claims Agency
Public Relations OfficerOllie BarbourDefence Forces
SecretaryDeirdre Borland
MemberAnn PriceDepartment of Defence
MemberAidan DillonCivil Defence Board
MemberLynne ForrestRepresentative of Individual Members
MemberJohn GuineyIrish Prison Service
MemberGerard O'FlynnIrish Coast Guard
MemberTom HanlyOrder of Malta
MemberJacqueline EganPre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
MemberDavid MaherNAS CISM Committee
MemberJoe DoddyVhi Healthcare (trading as Vhi Corporate Solutions
Member Adrian O'GradyDublin Fire Brigade
MemberPat O'RiordanHSE Office of Emergency Management
MemberGerry O’SullivanIrish Red Cross
MemberEvelyn SmithTUSLA
MemberCara O'DriscollOberstown Campus

Our Members

The following are a list of the current membership of the network


  • National
    Ambulance Service

    Irish
    Prison Service

    Irish
    Red Cross

    Order of Malta
    Ireland

    Civil
    Defence

    Defence Forces
    Ireland

    Vhi Corporate
    Solutions

    Dublin Fire
    Brigade

    Oberstown
    Campus

    Irish Coast Guard

    Health Service Executive

    Pre-Hospital Emergency
    Care Council

    State Claims Agency

    TUSLA

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