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IAFD - Association Details


Our Vision:

‘To inspire our members to achieve standards of excellence in order to help them serve their communities and represent the funeral sector as one voice in a professional and client focused manner’.

Our History and Purpose

The IAFD was established in 1979 as a group of funeral directors working together to improve client service standards and to provide representation for the members. It continues today to introduce initiatives aimed at achieving excellence in funeral service and in a representative role. Its cornerstone is an evolving Code of Practice which members are obliged to abide by, underpinned by Quality Standards detailing the level of competence a family can expect when dealing with an IAFD member.


IAFD currently has 249 full member firms, an increase of approximately 30% in member numbers in the last ten years.  It is estimated that these member firms conduct 80% of the funerals arranged annually on the island of Ireland. The IAFD also has 44 Associate and a number of Overseas members, which provide services and products required for the provision of funeral services. Many of the IAFD Associates are indigenous businesses providing employment throughout Ireland.

IAFD - Code of Practice

The IAFD Code of Practice applies to all members and ensures a consistent set of standards that clients of IAFD funeral directors should expect. Further details about our code of practice can be found by clicking hereCode of Practice

Education in Funeral Service

IAFD promotes sector specific education and currently provides a course entitled the Funeral Directing Certificate Award (FDCA) which has been designed to increase knowledge, improve skills and enhance competencies. IAFD provides it's training on a not for profit basis.


The IAFD is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected by its members bi-annually in General Meeting. The directors are men and women from all parts of Ireland who are highly experienced in the provision of funeral service. They come from varying backgrounds and different sizes of businesses and are located around Ireland in urban and rural areas. They provide their services on a voluntary basis and are passionate about what they do. The diagram above demonstrates how the board of directors of the IAFD organise their activities in order to achieve the strategic objective of the organisation. 


General Enquiries - (enquiries@iafd.ie) 

President – Donal Forde (president@iafd.ie) 

First Vice President – Dara Gillespie

Treasurer – Niall Mulligan (treasurer@iafd.ie) 

Secretary – Dara Gillespie (secretary@iafd.ie)

Redress and Mediation Committee – Robert Fanagan (redress@iafd.ie) 

Membership Officer – Fintan Cooney (membership@iafd.ie) 

Education Officer (education@iafd.ie)

Public Relations Officer – Mary Cunniffe (pro@iafd.ie) 

Data Protection Officer - Tom Lawless (dpo@iafd.ie)

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