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The current leadership of our Trade Union is committed to maintaining those beliefs and principles in the ongoing battle to maintain and enhance Transport Workers Terms and Conditions.

The NBRU continues to represent the values espoused by our founding members back in 1963. Those visionary men sought and ultimately achieved a Union which was founded, organised and dedicated to the representation of Transport Workers.

Dermot o’leary

General Secretary

Dermot O’Leary was appointed General Secretary in September 2013 having previously served as Assistant General Secretary for over six years.

Dermot previously worked for Irish Rail where he served as a Senior Representative responsible for all operational grades.

He has extensive experience in Industrial Relations and is viewed among his peers as a Trade Union leader who is principled and dedicated to the cause of his members and is passionate in relation to how workers are treated.

Dermot is an avid sports fan with a passion for Cork Hurling and Football, Chelsea and Munster Rugby.

brian hannigan


Our General President, Brian Hannigan, A married Father of two children and is currently a driver for Dublin Bus and has been the past 17 years, operating out of Phibsborough depot.
In 2009 he became a representative in Phibsborough, he cut his teeth very quickly in his new position when Dublin Bus presented their cost reduction plan, he then became executive of Phibsborough in 2014 the same year he became the youngest person to become Dublin bus branch chairman overseeing the seven bus depots for the NBRU.
Brian was an integral part of many Dublin bus drivers issues over the years,one been the long overdue pay award of 11.25% for Dublin bus drivers.
In 2018 he became General President when John Maloney retired.
This position would see him work closely with the General Secretary and his colleagues in Bus Éireann and Irish Rail as well as Dublin bus and more recently Go-Ahead Ireland

Tom o Connor

Assistant General Secretary(designate)

Tom o Connor was recently ratified by the NBRU national executive Council as Assistant General Secretary (designate) and brings a vast knowledge of Irish and european industrial relations law to the union.

Tom has achieved several positions within the union from his first role as rep in Ringsend depot to executive rep in that location and also election as worker director a postion he held until late 2021.His role as assistant general secreatary will commence fulltime from April 2022

paul rowsome

(retired)Assistant General Secretary

Paul Rowsome was the  longest serving officer in the NBRU and brought to the table a wealth of knowledge second to none from his early days as a rep in donnybrook garage he has held every position in the union achieving his position of assistant general secretary Paul has recently made the decision to retire and we wish him all the best for the future.


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