Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs (NICCOSA)

This Council comes under the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs


The Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs was established on 20 September 2003. NICCOSA operates as a sub-committee of the Council for Justice and Peace. Its objectives are to:

  • Support the Northern Catholic Bishops in the area of social affairs;
  • Assist in coordinating and enhancing the existing work of the Northern Bishops on social, legal, moral and political issues;
  • Represent the Northern Catholic Bishops at relevant meetings and fora;
  • Help promote and develop meaningful and constructive liaison with relevant groups and agencies.

Contact details

Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs (NICCOSA)

Columba Centre
Co Kildare

Ms Sandra Garry

Minute Secretary
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +353 1 5053102

Research Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +353 1 5053016

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Episcopal Members:

Bishop Alan McGuckian (Chair)
Archbishop Eamon Martin 

Non-Episcopal Members:

Sr Mary Delargy
Ms Eileen Gallagher
Mr Harry Goodman
Mr Malachy McKernan
Mr Brian McTeggart
Mr Martin O’Brien
Ms Deirdre O’Rawe