FODO Ireland is a representative professional body for community eye health providers Ireland.  Our members include both independent and corporate opticians, which operate as primary eye care contractors, and individual practitioners.  Between them FODO Ireland members deliver over 55 per cent of the eye care by volume in the Republic. 

To support the eyecare sector and prepare for the changing nature of eye care in Ireland, FODO has increased its service offering with the aim of delivering better eye health for all, delivered through world-class community based services, provided in a competitive environment. 

FODO Ireland seeks to work with all parties to present a united voice for the sector and to support and defend the provision of quality eye care for all.

Values, Beliefs and Ethos

FODO fully subscribes to and abides by the Optical Confederation values, beliefs and ethos.


FODO Ireland has an elected Executive Committee made up of representatives from its local membership which, in partnership with the FODO Board, sets the strategic objectives for Ireland. 

The Executive Committee is:

Julian Carey, Chair        


Owen Blee


Peter McGrath


Omar Hassan

Vision Express

Thomas Walsh

Vision Express

Garvan Mulligan


Eilis Dolan

Sweeney Opticians

Kevin Harrington

David Hewlett

Optical Express




Ann Blackmore

Ann Blackmore

Head of Policy and Strategy 

Email: ann@fodo.com

Telephone: 020 7298 5156


Peter Fogarty

Senior Policy Officer

Email: peter@fodo.com

Telephone: 020 7298 5108