The National Security Summit Ireland is supported by a variety of universities, institutions, associations, state agencies, media outlets and non-profit organisations. We are grateful for their contribution as without them the summit could not take place.

To become a supporter please contact [email protected]

The Irish Maritime Forum (TIMARFOR) is an independent and non-political collegiate group of thirty professionals who have a wide range of experience in the maritime domain. TIMARFOR members hold, or have held, positions at the highest level in national and international maritime organisations.
The vision of TIMARFOR is to increase awareness of the importance of Ireland’s Maritime Dimension in the national interest.

The Centre conducts high quality research and analysis, with an increased focus on applied research and policy and provides services to cross-border projects and networks. The Centre also has a specific and unique role in contributing to the increased social, economic and territorial cohesion of the island of Ireland through:

  • promoting and improving the quality of Cross-Border Cooperation between public bodies, and between public bodies, business and civil society;
  • improving the capacity of people involved in social and economic development of the island to engage in mutually beneficial Cross-Border Cooperation; and
  • addressing information gaps and other barriers that constrain cross-border mobility and cross-border cooperation through research and provision of resources, tools and other practical support.

Dublin City University (DCU) is the fastest growing public university in Ireland with a student population of over 17,000. It is a young, ambitious and vibrant university committed to excellence through our research addressing the major social, economic and cultural issues of the 21st century. DCU has been consistently ranked among the world’s top young universities by Times Higher Education and QS rankings, reflecting its high quality of teaching, its research reputation and level of internationalisation. In politics and international relations DCU is ranked in the top 200 in the world. A core element of DCU’s vision is to be a globally-significant university that is renowned for its discovery and translation of knowledge to advance society.

DCU has core research strengths in countering online radicalisation and disinformation, post-conflict reconstruction and peace-building, European security and defence policy, aviation and emergency management, and cyber security. DCU has led large-scale multi-million euro EU funded projects in areas of security and conflict including a €6m programme on Violent On-Line Extremism. DCU is committed to making our research available through open-access platforms but also works with individual companies to commercialise opportunities from research, working with DCU Invent – the university’s commercialisation and technology transfer unit.

An Bradán Feasa, is a company that specialises in consultancy and security training for international business organisations and International Non-Governmental Organisations (iNGOs), working in potentially hostile or high risk locations. An Bradán Feasa support organisations with the development of security policy, standards and procedure, offering a fully integrated and holistic approach to security. Coupled with customised training focused on situational awareness to recognise and react to threats, organisations partner with ABF to ultimately offset the risk to enable and sustain operations.

Cyber Ireland brings together industry, academia and government to represent the needs of the cyber security ecosystem in Ireland. We aim to enhance the innovation, growth and competitiveness of the companies and organisations which are part of the cluster.

Ireland is uniquely placed to benefit from increased global investment, it has an opportunity to position itself as a world class cyber security practices, solutions and investment hub. Cyber Ireland aims to facilitate the cyber security ecosystem to capitalise upon this opportunity. Cyber Ireland is based on cluster-style initiatives (operating across Europe & internationally), that have proven extremely successful in enhancing innovation, growth and competitiveness of regions, and the companies that are part of the cluster.

For the cluster to be successful, it needs to be industry-driven, fueled by third level education and supported by Government. Without the co-operation of these three pillars, the cluster cannot reach its full potential.

CIT offers full-time, part-time and specialist courses in Art, Business and Humanities, Computing and Information Technology, Engineering, Media, Music, Nautical Studies, and Science. The Institute boasts many top-class facilities including its award-winning Library & IT Building and its world class laboratories. CIT stretches across has four separate campuses. CIT’s has a demonstrated commitment to research and proven ability to translate innovative research into economic benefit.

CIT currently has in the region of 12,000 registered students with approximately 2,000 new entries year on year. Of these approximately 6,000 are full-time and the remaining are part-time. CIT has gone through many changes to bring it to where it is today. Through these changes it has matured into a modern third level institution offering a range of awards in a variety of disciplines.

All developments are designed to help the Institute to fulfill its mission as a provider of high quality student-centred, career-focused, education opportunities for Cork, the greater Cork region and the country as a whole.

The National Ambulance Service is the statutory pre-hospital emergency and intermediate care provider for the State. In the Dublin metropolitan area, ambulance services are provided by the NAS and Dublin Fire Brigade. Private and not for profit providers also play an important role in transporting patients requiring access to health care services and in supporting a variety of public and sporting events. We also work closely with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) in border areas for the benefit of the population on both sides of the border.

The National Ambulance Service responds to over 300,000 ambulance calls each year, employs over 1,600 staff across 100 locations and has a fleet of approximately 500 vehicles. In conjunction with its partners the National Ambulance Service transports approximately 40,000 patients via an Intermediate Care Service, co-ordinates and dispatches more than 800 aero medical/air ambulance calls, completes 600 paediatric and neonatal transfers and supports Community First Responder Schemes across the country.

The mission of the National Ambulance Service is to serve the needs of patients and the public as part of an integrated health system, through the provision of high quality, safe and patient-centred services. This care begins immediately at the time that the emergency call is received, continues through to the safe treatment, transportation and handover of the patient to the clinical team at the receiving hospital or emergency department.

We are a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement, making a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland.

As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University is grounded in the heart of the community and strives to make a lasting contribution to society as a whole. Renowned for its world-class teaching, Ulster aims to transform lives, stretch minds and develop the skills required by a growing economy. The outcomes of our research have global significance with local relevance, and contribute to the social, economic and cultural betterment of our region.

Although the University can trace its roots back to the Victorian era, our sights are set firmly on the future. Our students are at the centre of everything we do, and each of our four campuses provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that will engage our students and give them the skills they need to carve out their careers.

Our research is world-leading and globally relevant, we work with other universities around the world to deliver ground-breaking research that can help future generations. At Ulster University we are proud of our multi-cultural community, we have many international students and staff, and promote a strong, internationally-relevant curriculum.

The TSSG was formed as part of the Waterford Institute of Technology in 1996 by Dr. Willie Donnelly and Eamon deLeaster, with Barry Downes joining the promoters to create the Innovation and Commercialisation division in 2006. TSSG is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation. We carry out a wide spectrum of industry-informed research in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), particularly technologies enabling communications and information services.

We create economic impact by translating our knowledge base and innovation into leading edge products and services by continuing our engagement with Industry in collaborative R&D, knowledge generation and transfer. Our key research areas include Mobile Platforms and Services, Data Analytics and Social computing, Adaptive Networks and Services, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR). We create economic impact by translating our knowledge base and innovation into leading edge products and services by continuing our engagement with Industry in collaborative R&D, knowledge generation and transfer.

Over the past 5 years TSSG has delivered innovative solutions to over 210 start-ups based in Ireland. TSSG has worked extensively with multinationals such as IBM and Cisco through its world class research programmes, such as the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Connect Centre. TSSG has also created 14 spin out companies in the South East including the award winning FeedHenry, a ground breaking mobile cloud platform company.

With a 975,000 weekly total audience reach, 10.8 million monthly users and 58 million monthly page-views The Irish Times is Ireland’s leading quality newspaper, delivering news, opinion and analysis to its readers every day.

The Irish Times is committed to bringing journalism of the highest standard to our readers in the most convenient, engaging and accessible way possible through multi-platform media. As media technologies evolve so do our methods of reporting and we are committed to developing our digital offering accordingly. From our daily email digests bringing news straight to your inbox to our series of weekly podcasts, we bring authoritative news reports; independent commentary and informed insight directly to the reader.

We aspire to being a trusted source of information whether it’s in print, on web, mobile or tablet device.

Emergency Services Ireland Magazine Logo

Emergency Services Ireland provides an invaluable platform for both the State and voluntary emergency services in Ireland to highlight their initiatives and projects, and to share opinions and ideas. The magazine has developed a very strong readership since the very first issue was published in April 2001.

The magazine is distributed to members of An Garda Síochána, Defence Forces, Fire and Ambulance Services, RNLI, Irish Coast Guard, Irish Prison Service, Civil Defence, Irish Red Cross, in addition to other State and voluntary organisations in Ireland. It is also distributed to members of the emergency services in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. The magazine is available in both print and digital format and you can also follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Founded in 1845, we’ve been inspiring students for 170 years. NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching. NUI Galway ranks among the top 1% of Universities in the world. Our prestigious history spans almost two centuries. Our spectacular location boasts the unique landscape and culture of the west of Ireland. Our global network connects us to partners around the world. Our researchers are shaping the future. Our students are shaping their own.

There is a vibrant research and innovation ecosystem at our university. This dynamic community attracts researchers, academics, entrepreneurs and students of the highest calibre. NUI Galway is world-renowned as an expert research-led University. We emphasise inter-disciplinary research programmes, and collaborations with industry partners in areas of strategic importance, both regionally and nationally.

Through research and innovation, NUI Galway takes on some of the great challenges of our times. Our aim is to benefit humanity, society and the economy. Our impacts can be seen on a local, national, and international level.

The Irish Defence Forces are the armed forces of Ireland and comprise the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service. The Defence Forces include both permanent and reserve elements. The Defence Forces roles include defending the State against armed aggression, aiding the civil power and civil authorities, participating in multinational peace support, crisis management and humanitarian relief operations, defending our territorial seas & skies, conducting maritime & aerial surveillance, contributing to ceremonial occasions.

The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is the first third level college in the country to be built under the Government’s Public-Private Partnership scheme. A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is a partnership between the public and private sector for the purpose of delivering a project or service traditionally provided by the public sector.

In this case the public partners are the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Irish Naval Service (INS) and the private partner is Focus Education. This model allows the college management and teaching staff to concentrate on education while the private partner is responsible for services to the college and the maintenance of facilities.

Ireland’s National Police and Security Service. An Garda Síochána has nearly 15,000 full time and reserve uniformed members and over 2,000 civilian staff. In addition to their crime prevention, detection and policing duties they also provide specialist security and intelligence services to the State and border control functions.

DFB Crest

The Dublin Fire Brigade responds to fires and other emergencies, thereby protecting the people, industry and property of Dublin city. They have over 900 firefighter/paramedic personnel making them the largest fire & rescue service in Ireland. Their services include emergency response to fire, flooding, road accidents, chemical incidents and other hazards. They also provide an ambulance service and water rescue services.


The EMII is the primary professional organisation for individuals engaged in emergency and crisis management in the Republic of Ireland. Members operate in the professional, technical, voluntary or academic areas of emergency management. The EMII hosts emergency/crisis management events, seminars and site visits countrywide.

UCD Logo

UCD is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland’s most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 139 countries, including almost 5,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. UCD has a long history of engagement with the national security community and in recent years the school of politics and international relations, the centre for cyber security and cyber crime and the centre for emergency medical science have developed mutually beneficial relationships with all our uniformed services and across the whole of government.

Boston College Global Leadership Institute

The Global Leadership Institute (GLI) works to increase Boston College’s presence and impact in the world. Focusing on programming, events, and other engagement, the GLI creates opportunities to develop trust, community, and dialogue. With a special interest in Ireland and Great Britain, the GLI has over 1,500 leadership program alumni on the island of Ireland alone. Working across dozens of areas as diverse as business, politics, security, and tech leadership, the GLI endeavors to build transatlantic communities that understand one another, can exchange ideas, and find solutions together to the world’s most pressing problems.


RACO, the Representative association of Commissioned Officers represents the Army, Navy and Air Corps Officers of the Permanent Defence Forces in their remuneration, terms and conditions of employment. Our membership consists of the leaders, managers and decision makers of Óglaigh na hÉireann. Our motto is “To Champion the Wellbeing of all our members”.