Who We Are
Go-Ahead Ireland (GAI) is a leading public transport provider, running services under contract to the National Transport Authority since September 2018. At present, Go-Ahead Ireland operates 33 routes in total.
Our Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area (ODMA) and W-Route services operate from our depot in Ballymount, while our Dublin Commuter (DCOM) services, which consist of five routes, are based in Naas. Accumulated, Go-Ahead Irelands has a fleet of over 225 buses and a team of over 800+ resilient local team members.
We are a collaborative, transparent, accountable, agile and open minded company who put the people and communities that we have proudly served since 2018 at the heart of our company. GAI connects people to places in a safe, reliable, friendly and effective manner.
GAI is dedicated to investing in the community and is the title sponsor of the Dublin GAA Leagues and Championships which puts us at the forefront of the communities we serve and demonstrates our strong commitment to the local area.
We are a part of The Go-Ahead Group, an international transport group and one of the UK's leading public transport providers with over 30 years of expertise in public transport.
To date, The Go-Ahead Group has secured ten international contracts providing transport in six different nations. They run rail services across Europe and have bus contracts in Ireland, Australia, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Go-Ahead places great importance on local people running its local companies.
Our Mission and Beliefs
Our vision is for “A world where every journey is taken care of”.
We believe in Trusting people, being can-do people, building relationships and being one step ahead.
We aim to connect people to places in a friendly and professional manner.
We are proud to be serving the people within the communities in the areas we operate and aim to be a key partner with the communities we serve, ensuring active and positive engagement.
We put people and the community at the heart of our company, connecting people to places in a friendly and professional manner is what we aim for.
Go-Ahead Ireland is made up of over 700 local team members who work to ensure that the services we deliver to communities throughout Ireland are operating. As a team, they work to make sure that "Every journey is taken care of".
(Pictured Above: Trisha Gore, Operations Controller and Go-Ahead Ireland colleague of the year 2022)
Our Leadership Team:
Dervla McKay – Managing Director
Dervla McKay commenced as Go-Ahead Ireland's Managing Director in October 2023. Dervla has significant experience in bus and coach operation in both Ireland and England, having held a variety of senior management roles in the industry since beginning as a graduate trainee in 2005. Dervla's responsibilities at Go-Ahead Ireland include leading the management team and the business to ensure that our services are delivered throughout Ireland.
James Caffrey – Finance Director
James holds accountability for financial management, IT and the key cross-functional area of contract management. James is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in this field working in Switzerland, UAE and Ireland.
Niamh Swords – Operations Director
Niamh Swords is the Operations Director and is responsible for all aspects of service delivery and ensuring we operate a safe and reliable service for our customers. Niamh has responsibility for meeting and exceeding the National Transport Authorities performance obligations. Niamh has a project management and HR background and before joining Go-Ahead worked in New Zealand.
Ciara Gallagher – Head of People
Ciara Gallagher is the Head of People and is responsible for HR, training, and internal communications for Go-Ahead Ireland. Ciara has over 15 years experience in HR across a range of sectors with a large number of employees.
Gary Bond – Head of Engineering
Gary Bond, who has over 30 years of experience in the transport industry, is the Head of Engineering and is responsible for fleet maintenance, exceeding the National Transport Authorities' performance requirements, and assuring continuous improvement. Gary is additionally in charge of engineering, property, and facilities procurement and administration.